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Summer 2022


This project seeks to validate the content in the key assessments used in three special education programs at WMU. The purpose of key assessments is to assess student performance and drive ongoing program improvement. Shared key assessments across WMU’s teacher education programs have been validated, but those specific to special education have not been. Establishing content validity includes gathering evidence to demonstrate that the assessment content fairly and adequately represents a defined domain of knowledge or performance. Validation of these assessments will lead to stronger assessment of teacher candidates’ performance and continual improvement of these programs.


Dr. Rena VanDerwall, assistant professor, and Dr. Kate LaLonde, associate professor, both from Special Education and Literacy Studies, were recipients of one of the 2022 WMU Assessment Mini Grants, awarded to conduct research on assessment of student learning outcomes. Attached is the final report for their research project.