Definition Clarifications

When you are gathering information about a student's strengths, interests, preferences and needs, have you ever been confused about the differences between those terms? You are not alone. Check out the definitions below.

 

 

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The term, "needs" could use additional clarification. Article 7 says teachers must consider the unique needs of the student that result from disability and make sure that each student can access the general curriculum to meet the standards for all students. Click on the box below for the exact wording.

 

 

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 The words age-appropriate are found throughout the definitions. Although not specifically defined in law or rule, age appropriate means that the transition assessment is aligned with the student's chronological age NOT their developmental age. So when teachers are planning transition assessments for youth between the ages of 14 and 21, the assessments should be typical of other students without disabilities in the same age range.

 Legal requirements are important because they are what drives educator's practice in terms of compliant assessments and provide the foundation for quality assessments.