Issues in Educating Students with Disabilities

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will differ. Multiple raters provide multiple perspectives; however, first consideration should be given to selecting a rater that matches the goal of the study or the purpose of the assessment.


Content

The purpose of the measure, content of its factors, and content of relevant items must be carefully considered in the selection and interpretation of social measures. It is important to determine that the measure taps the dimension of interest and that items are worded appropriately.


Characteristics

The characteristics of students with LD may interfere with their completion of or responses on the social measure. For example, students with LD who have attention problems may incorrectly complete measures, thus altering their scores in significant ways that are not related to their social competence. Memory and communication problems, frequently associated with students with LD, often interfere with their performance on social measures and need to be considered when interpreting their responses.


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