Adaptive Behavior

1295 WordsOct 30, 20126 Pages
Intelligence & Adaptive Behavior Jennelle Dixson GCU SPE 553 10/21/2012 Intelligence & Adaptive Behavior Students diagnosed with Intellectual disabilities display significant in the areas of adaptive behavior and intellectual functioning. It is a disability that must be diagnosed as occurring before age 18. Students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities can range from being mildly to severely intellectually…show more content…
In the past students with intellectually disabilities were considered to difficult to assess or instruct. As a result they were not included in accountability and assessment systems. The exclusion of these students denied them the opportunity to be considered in a system that was designed to improve their education by identifying problems. Research shows that the performance level of students with disabilities is lower then that of students with out disabilities (Klein, Wiley, & Thurlow, 2006; Thurlow, Bremer, & Albus, 2008; VanGetson & Thurlow, 2007). The question is, is do the features of individual assessment interfere with student’s ability to effectively demonstrate specified skills or knowledge. If that is the case then these assessment results are ineffective in guiding the instruction efforts of educators. It seems clear that more effective assessment methods should be used in the evaluation of students with intellectual disabilities, in order to portray student’s level of knowledge and skills more accurately. Today experts in the field of special education have been more successful in implementing practices and assessment tools that reduce obstacles and barriers in educator’s ability to identify what students with intellectual disabilities actually understand and have the ability to do. Educators have a greater understanding of the assessment of students with intellectual disabilities. They understand that it takes a variety of
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