This course is a study in the selection, administration and interpretation of formal and informal test instruments.  Areas addressed include cognitive, communicative, affective and adaptive behavior skills.  Students will become familiar with assessment terms such as standard deviation, error of measurement, test reliability and validity.  Intelligence tests, achievement tests, behavioral inventories and adaptive behavior inventories will be examined and administered and interpreted.  Experience applying this data into written reports for MDT’s and IEP/IFSP’s will also be addressed.

A history of American Indian Schools and community and student relations is emphasized in this course.  Educational theory and background into traditional tribal education, church, federal, and public education will be explored.  Teaching methods based on integrating state content standards with Indian values and culture are part of this course.  The South Dakota Indian Studies Strands are addressed.


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This course will examine current laws pertaining to individuals who have disabilities.  Students will gain an understanding of the legal components and requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.

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