The Assessing Special Education Students (ASES) collaborative supports states as they enhance their assessment, accountability, and curriculum and instruction systems to provide full equity for students with disabilities. ASES is the only national collaborative that brings together experts in the fields of assessment and special education from the state education agency, industry sector and higher education, to identify challenges and find solutions for the inclusion of students with disabilities through policy and practice.
ASES hosts three in-person meetings per program year supplemented periodically by online webinars, resources, and tools that sustain and extend work. State members who join ASES include special education directors, special education staff, and assessment staff who are responsible for alternate assessments. Members have a deep commitment to addressing the unique issues facing students with disabilities, including support for English learners with disabilities.