"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
James E. Ysseldyke has been educating school psychologists and researchers for more than 35 years. 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 Bolt, the newest member of the authoring team, is Associate Professor of School Psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on examining assessment tools that can enhance instructional decision making for students who are at risk for poor academic outcomes. Dr. Bolt also conducts research on accommodations for diverse learners, students with disabilities, English language learner, and more generally on methods for the effective inclusion of all students in large-scale assessment and accountability programs.