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Assessment: In Special and Inclusive Education 12th Edition

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"John Salvia is the leading expert on assessment in special education. His writing is excellent and his text provides such depth in addition to breadth."

"This is one of my favorite textbooks because it provides my students with rich information that will help them on a daily basis in the classroom. Assessment is the basis of informed decision making and students must have a solid grasp of assessment. Salvia, Ysseldyke, and Bolt have provided the information and if the students will add the labor, they will be thoroughly prepared in the area of special education assessment."

"I like the whole book, but some of the chapters that stand out from other texts are 'Legal and Ethical Considerations in Assessment,' 'Test Adaptations and Accommodations,' and 'Making Accountability Decisions.' This is critical information that is often overlooked or briefly mentioned in other texts."

"I appreciate the work of the authors to publish what I consider the state of the art in assessment texts."

About the Author

John Salvia is Professor Emeritus of Special Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Salvia is also the author of individual tests and numerous articles on the assessment of students with disabilities. His research focused on using assessment information to plan and evaluate educational programs and the impact of regular education reforms on assessment practices with exceptional students. Dr. Salvia remains interested in the extent to which students receive appropriate educational assessments.

James E. Ysseldyke has been educating school psychologists and researchers for more than 35 years, and is now Professor Emeritus in the School Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota. He has advised and mentored more than 100 doctoral and Ed.S. students who have gone on to leadership positions in universities, school systems, government agencies, and research organizations. He has served the University of Minnesota as director of the Minnesota Institute for Research on Learning Disabilities, director of the National School Psychology Network, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes, and associate dean for research. Dr. Ysseldyke's research and writing have focused on enhancing the competence of individual students and enhancing the capacity of systems to meet students' needs. He is an author of major textbooks and more than 300 journal articles. Dr. Ysseldyke has received awards for his research from the School Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children. The University of Minnesota presented him a distinguished teaching award, and he received a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois.

Sara Witmer (formerly Sara Bolt) is Associate Professor of School Psychology at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in psychological assessment and intervention to school psychology graduate students. Her research focuses on examining assessment tools that can enhance instructional decision-making for students who are at risk for poor academic outcomes. Dr. Witmer also conducts research on accommodations for diverse learners, students with disabilities, and English language learners, and more generally on methods for the effective inclusion of all students in large-scale assessment and accountability programs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 12 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111833419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111833411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got a refund of my original e-textbook rental of Assesment in Special and Inclusive Education because there was not a statement prior to purchase saying that the e-content (which includes 5 full chapters of this textbook) was not available. That was handled promptly and well, however, Amazon should make sure a clear pop-up comes up to explain this to customers on rentals.

Then I ordered the "NEW" print textbook from Amazon to have an access code to the 5 web-based chapters. I paid over $170.00 for it. I could not find the access code and called Cengage Learning, the publisher. Their associate told me that the card should be inside the plastic wrap on the book. I told her the book did not have wrap or a card. She told me that Amazon sometimes gets these texts from multiple sources, maybe even students selling them back. I told her I selected "new" and paid the "new" price. She informed me that they took calls on this same issue last year and that Amazon had received the feedback from them. She further explained that Amazon reported to them they resolved the issue by posting a statement to purchasers regarding the code not being present in all copies.

I just went back through the purchasing steps for this textbook and I got no clear message that this NEW book would not include this access code. This should not be listed as NEW without that code, that has been rather inconvenient as this content is required for my graduate class. I recommend this be bought through the publisher if you wish to access web-content without the inconvenience of returns, calls, e-mails and frustration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jhasdmcier on October 16, 2014
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This has been a nightmare. I bought this new edition when professor gave us an option. First is the issue of the missing chapters - five of them - that require you to have an access code. I rented from Amazon - book didn't come with an access code. Without an access code you would have to re-buy the whole book from cengage in order to get the code. Then you still have to purchase the missing digital chapters. I spent a couple of hours trying to find the chapters online before I figured this out. The chapter says, "to access this chapter, go online to..." No mention of purchasing them or having a code ready.

Issue #2 - I didn't order a digital book on purpose. This book requires the paper copy AND a computer.

Issue #3 - is that this is a textbook for a master's level course and I was well into the course (and 2 exams) before I realized that the chapters have been re-ordered in this edition and sometimes condensed. Chapter 1 doesn't have the same information. This is a problem if your exams were written based on the 11th edition.

Issue #4 is that there is nothing in the book or the promotion of this book to imply that there is missing chapters. There is a statement promoting "access to additional resources online".

This is an unfortunate situation for both students and the authors. Without the five missing chapters this book is unusable. I imagine professors everywhere will be hesitant to assign the 12th edition when students are encountering these kinds of problems. As a teacher myself, I try not to do anything that requires several classes of students calling me to complain.

Suggestion #! - stick to the 11th edition. It is a much better book, better organized and more thorough. I am enjoying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anaam on February 19, 2014
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great book that meets your class requirements but too expensive to purchase or even to rent! not useful after you done with your class!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Fouche on March 9, 2014
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This book was bought brand new and did not have the access code. It is better to buy it directly from Cengage publishers who still make you pay under 20 bucks for the code to get the online chapters (5 of them at least). If you do not have the code, Cengage wants to charge you $122,00 - as if the over-priced textbook is not enough of a cost. Shame on them for making you pay for this code - and shame on Amazon for not including this code!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wasn'tME on August 18, 2014
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I've taught graduate level classes in educational assessment for nearly 10 years, and I've always assigned Assessment in Special and Inclusive Education as the primary text for my students. This book did what no other did - provided an expansive summary of the wide variety of types of educational assessment, and provided a good overview to help students learn to evaluate the technical adequacy of assessments. This has changed with the 12th edition.

For starters, the publisher set this edition up to fail with the addition of this ridiculous web integration element that removes certain key chapters from the textbook and hides them online. If you want them, you have to pay EXTRA for them. The most egregious example of this is the chapter on how to evaluate a test - in previous editions, I would have said that this chapter (along with the chapters on quantitative concepts and properties of tests) would be reason alone to purchase the book! Now, it's not even included.

Additionally, the content in this edition has also been significantly watered down. It now reads more like a high school/undergraduate-level text than one for a graduate level class. If I'm going to have my students shell out this kind of money for a textbook, I want it to be a good value for their money. Needless to say, I've dropped this book from my required texts list. This text is a rare miss for these respected authors.
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