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TEAS 4003/5003/6003 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

TEAS 4003/5003/6003 - Assessment Procedures in Special Education

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course gives an in-depth study of the diagnostic techniques and instruments used by educators, psychologists and other school professionals. The course familiarizes students with high stakes assessments as used by the U.S Department of Education and state Departments of Education to evaluate school districts and teachers.

Course Outcomes:

The students at all levels of this course will
a. learn about the process of assessing children with disabilities through reading the text and participating in the on line courses discussion activities with the instructor and classmates,
b. understand statistics at a level to be a user of assessment information,
c. become proficient in giving and interpreting achievement, adaptive behavior, and behavioral, social-emotional, or autism scales
d. assess a child with the above mentioned instruments and prepare a high quality, assessment report on the results of that testing for this instructor, and e. understand the concept and meaning of high stakes assessments.

Graduate students will be proficient at reading and interpreting information from a case study presented in the course and prepare a report for the instructor indicating the diagnosis of the child in the case study. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Graduate or undergraduate admission.

Course Topics:
  1. Legal and ethical rationale for assessment of student with suspected disabilities.
  2. Theoretical concepts related to assessment.
  3. Statistical concepts related to assessment
  4. Test administration
  5. Test scoring 
  6. Test interpretation
  7. Collaboration in the assessment process
  8. Using test data to develop assessment reports 
Specific Course Requirements:

You must have and keep computer access and internet access in a high speed environment to keep up with weekly assignment during the course. Software is specifically discussed below.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

You must have access to tests to administer in reading mastery and achievement, math mastery and achievement, a social and emotional scale or autism scale, and an adaptive behavior scale. These may be checked out from our local school systems, possibly available at your home university (they are in the Learning Resources Center in the Claxton Building on the first floor at APSU for those who are enrolled in this course from my university. See Crystal at the checkout desk and tell her you are taking an assessment class with Dr. Lowrance and she will get the appropriate forms to you to check them out if you are an APSU student). 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

This class has a quiz in each of its fourteen modules. Seven of them are to be completed during the first five weeks of the term and seven in the last five weeks. Each module has a quiz at the end of it. All the tests you take are within these modules. There is no midterm or final exam. For your final grade, undergraduates, the top ten of these fourteen quiz scores will make up 50% of your class grade. Graduate students, they make up 40% of your class grade.

Also graded will be a weekly email to me during this course indicating your progress on the class for that week. 

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:
Late Policy:

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017