School Age Projects

Alliance for Systems Change/Mid-South Regional Resource Center
ASC consists of the Mid-South Regional Resource Center (MSRRC) and other projects funded to assist states in improving education and related programs serving children and youth with disabilities and their families. States served by the MSRRC include: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

ILSSA-KAP Kentucky Alternate Assessment Project
The Alternate Portfolio Assessment is designed to include students with significant challenges in the statewide school accountability system as required by the Kentucky Education Reform Act and IDEA. The KY Alternate Portfolio Assessment measures student progress towards achievement. It also measures the degree to which schools and programs implement the researched-based, effective practice instructional strategies deemed important for students with disabilities.

This project provides training to teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities throughout Kentucky. The training places emphasis upon individual student planning, incorporating both principles of inclusive education and community-referenced instruction and includes an onsite follow-up component for participating teachers. A more recent focus is on access to the general curriculum, and grade level content standards for all students.

Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessment (ILSSA)
The ILSSA staff assists states in reaching their goals for including all students in assessment and accountability systems. Activities include: working with stakeholders to ensure state standards apply to all students; developing alternate assessments and training personnel to be involved in the development of the assessment and scoring procedures; addressing professional development; and incorporating effective practices for educating students with disabilities so they may move toward their goals.

National Alternate Assessment Center
The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC) is a five year project funded under the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The primary objectives of NAAC are to: (1) bring together and build on the current research base on high quality, technically sound alternate assessments; (2) provide technical assistance to states as they endeavor to design or redesign their alternate assessments; and (3) demonstrate through our partnerships with states high quality design and administration of alternate assessments.

National Center and State Collaborative
National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a multi-state collaborative hosted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) from the University of Minnesota to design an alternate assessment based on the new Common Core Standards. The NCSC builds on the work begun here at the University of Kentucky under the National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC). The Alternate Assessment group at the Human Development Institute is charged with installing teacher professional development communities of practice in nineteen states including the District of Columbia and the Pacific entities.

Low Incidence Communication Initiative
The Low Incidence Communication Initiative, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education, focuses on developing communicative competence among children with disabilities including those with significant cognitive disabilities. This initiative provides training and coaching support to school teams including the teacher(s), speech-language pathologist, other related services team members, and families.

Universal Design for Assessment
The Universal Design for Assessment grant is designed to investigate the use of an online testing system in Kentucky for the state-wide accountability test. The online system is designed to provide accommodations to students as they take the test. Research will be conducted to better understand the efficacy of the online system and where improvements can be made to enhance outcomes for students with disabilities.

Community-Based Work Transition Program
The Community Based Work Transition Program is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. It is a cooperative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Department for the Blind, and HDI.

Kentucky Math Etext Project
The KY Math Etext Project will examine digital conversion and delivery of the complete 7th grade math curriculum. Classroom implementation will also include identification and resolution of the myriad of contextual variables inherent to student opportunity for meaningful and routine use of etext. This project is funded through the Math Etext Research Center (MeTRC) at the University of Oregon. The implementation site is Shelby West Middle School in Shelbyville, KY.

State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) / Kentucky Post School Outcome Study
The goal of the SPDG/KyPSO is to increase the capacity of local education agencies, teachers, parents, and adult service providers to provide exemplary transition planning and increase student post school success through the collection of data related to student post school plans and outcomes.

Postsecondary Inclusion Partnership (PIP)
PIP was a pilot project aimed at including students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in postsecondary education. Working with students, their families, professors ands school administrators, PIP teams created individualized plans to aid academic, extra-curricular and social success.