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Journal Issue: Special Education for Students with Disabilities Volume 6 Number 1 Spring 1996

Identification and Assessment of Students with Disabilities
Daniel J. Reschly

Introduction

Identification of students for special education placement serves multiple purposes that have direct and indirect benefits as well as risks. In this article, current special education identification, classification, and assessment practices are described and evaluated in light of emerging concerns about their reliability, usefulness, and fairness. Alternatives to conventional practices are discussed.