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Thank you Chairman Kildee, Ranking Member Castle and all the Members of the Subcommittee

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on alternate assessments, and a General Supervision Enhancement Grant assisting five states in developing validity evaluations for their alternate assessments on alternate achievement standards at the University of Kentucky. I have completed three other federal research initiatives about alternate assessment and universally designed, technology-based general assessments. In the early 1990’s, I played a key role in the design and implementation of the first alternate assessment used in an accountability system during Kentucky’s Education Reform Act (KERA). When the IDEA was reauthorized in 1997 and included the provision for alternate assessment, I assisted a number of states in the design, implementation, and evaluation of alternate assessments as Associate Director of a university-based assessment design group at the University of Kentucky. I have authored and co-authored research publications including the first text on alternate assessment and, more recently, a new text on alternate assessment and standards-based instruction. I have extensive experience in providing professional development support to teachers serving students with significant cognitive disabilities and to principals regarding the implementation of inclusive education and access to the general curriculum. I am a third generation educator, with 9 years of direct classroom experienc

Year: 2010
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