Parent Knowledge and Understanding of the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment
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This project was a survey to parents of children with severe to moderate cognitive disabilities. The goal was to obtain information regarding parent knowledge and understanding of the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for the WKCE. There is little research at this time pertaining to parent knowledge of alternate assessments. Much of the research does show that parents support their children being included in the regular education classroom. Given this background, one would assume that there would be support for alternate assessments to find how students with moderate and severe cognitive disabilities are making progress in the general curriculum. This investigation has utilized a survey which was administered to parents of children with special educational needs. The survey has attempted to answer these questions: What do parents know about alternate assessments, what they think they know about alternate assessments, and if they are aware of their responsibilities as a parent with a child with a moderate or severe cognitive disability. The results of this project have shown that approximately half of the respondents that were surveyed did not understand the purpose of the assessment, or were unaware that their child has participated in the alternate assessment. A majority of parents did respond that the alternate assessment was discussed during their child's IEP. The results show that there is confusion among parents regarding their child's participation in the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment.
students with special needs