This course provides an overview of the primary types of assessment used within special education for diagnosis and evaluation.  Emphasis is placed on Special Education law and regulations including IDEA and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.  Additional focus is placed on the use of data to make decisions pertaining to individual strengths and weaknesses, individual diagnosis decisions, individualized education programs, and instructional programming.  Students receive hands-on experience administering and scoring assessments as well as creating assessment profiles.  Additional topics include: basic concepts of measurement; formal test administration; limitations in existing instruments ordinarily used in assessing exceptional children; adapting tests to accommodate students with disabilities; ethical concerns related to assessment; and behavioral observation.