Reducing Bias Manual: 1998 Chapters

Chapter One: Introduction (placement data, causes of disproportional representation, legal requirements, project history and goal)

Chapter Two: Basic Diversity Concepts (staff development, race and culture, acculturation, socioeconomics, communication)

Chapter Three: Education System Issues (steps to support non-biased practices, school environment survey, diversity awareness scale, referral data form)

Chapter Four: Operating Principles

Chapter Five: Prereferral and Referral Review (home and family review, sociocultural checklist, sociocultural guide)

Chapter Six: Planning the Assessment (assessment planning flowchart, observation guidelines, Interview Guidelines, Test Selection Checklist)

Chapter Seven: Domains of Assessment (achievement, adaptive behavior, communication, intellectual functioning, social/emotional.behavioral)

Chapter Eight: Eligibility Criteria (Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Mild to Moderate Mentally Impaired, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment)

Chapter Nine: Background Information – American Indians (cultural identity, working with American Indian families, language and communication, Ojibwe Language, Dakota Language, References for Further Reading

Chapter Ten: Background Information – African-Americans  (cultural characteristics, language and communication styles, early language development, phonological and grammatical contrasts, references for further reading)

Chapter Eleven: Background Information – Poverty (Introduction to  Poverty Statistics, Impact of Poverty, Cultural Characteristics of Poverty, Poverty Checklists, References for Further Reading)

Chapter Twelve: Forms and Worksheets

Appendix A: Professional Standards for Assessment

Appendix B: Test Scoring and Testing of Limits

Appendix C: American Indian and Bilingual Home-School Liaisons

Selected References

 

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