Special Education Certification Practice Test

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  • 1. 
    John has recently been in a fight with another student in school. The school's policy calls for suspension from school when a student is caught fighting. John is a student with mild mental retardation and as a special education student, his ARD Committee must first conduct a manifestation determination hearing (review) to determine which of the following?
    • A. 

      The change in placement that would be the most appropriate.

    • B. 

      Why his IEP wasn't able to address his behavior problems.

    • C. 

      If his behavior was caused by his disability.

    • D. 

      What the punishment should be for his disruptive behavior.


  • 2. 
    Suzy is a student with severe learning disabilities. Which of the following placements is most likely to be the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for her?
    • A. 

      A separate classroom where she can concerntrate on academic skills.

    • B. 

      Part of the day in regular education classes and the rest of the day in special education classes.

    • C. 

      A setting that can best meet her educational needs.

    • D. 

      Spending all day in the regular classroom with age appropriate friends.


  • 3. 
    Mr. Guest has a new paraprofessional in his classroom. How can the paraprofessional best prepare to perform her duties?
    • A. 

      Review the IEP goals and objectives of all the special educaiton students in the class.

    • B. 

      Mr. Guest should assign specific students to the paraprofessional who will be her responsibility.

    • C. 

      Mr. Guest should remind the parpaprofessional that only teachers have the authority to discipline students.

    • D. 

      Mr. Guest should make sure that the paraprofessional does not have access to student information for legal reasons.


  • 4. 
    Sandra is being evaluated for her possible need and eligibility for special education services. The school's LSSP wants to conduct an ecological assessment on her. An ecological assessment is...
    • A. 

      Intellegence and achievement tests.

    • B. 

      Interviews with her parents regarding her behavior, interests, etc.

    • C. 

      An adaptive behavior scale completed by the teacher.

    • D. 

      A classroom observation.


  • 5. 
    Dylan is a student who will be 3 years old within a few weeks and receives services from the county intervention program. He has severe speech and language delays and his parents are planning for him to attend the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) at the local school district. If Dylan's transition from the Early Childhood Intervention Program to PPCD is to be successful, what needs to take place?
    • A. 

      There should be inservice training with all the current service providers and those in the PPCD program.

    • B. 

      Additional staff will need to be added to the existing PPCD program.

    • C. 

      There must be continuous communication and collaboration between the two programs.

    • D. 

      Dylan should start out attending PPCD 2 days per week and the Early Childhood Intervention Program 3 days per week.


  • 6. 
    Mrs. O'Day has several students in her classroom who have been struggling in reading. She is using the district's Response to Intervention approach to help the students by implementing individual interventions for each student. To ensure that the interventions she is using are effective which of the following should she do?
    • A. 

      Have weekly meetings with the students' parents.

    • B. 

      Review the students' standardized achievement tests each semester.

    • C. 

      Use progress monitoring.

    • D. 

      Gather reports from other teachers who work with the students.


  • 7. 
    Ms. Freeman teaches 2nd grade. She has had a few students who are really struggling with reading. In choosing interventions for her students, Ms. Freeman chooses interventions that are...
    • A. 

      Approved by the ARD committee.

    • B. 

      Used for students with learning disabilities in case these students eventually qualify for special education.

    • C. 

      The same ones used for other students in the class.

    • D. 

      Research-based and validated.


  • 8. 
    When considering a continuum of placement options and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students, a student with Autism may have the most challenges in the following placement?
    • A. 

      A physical education class with 80-90 students and free play for 20 minutes out of the 50 minute class.

    • B. 

      A classroom setting with only 9 - 10 students.

    • C. 

      An inclusion classroom that is very structured and the routine for daily activities are very consistent.

    • D. 

      An adaptive physical education class with small groups of students.


  • 9. 
    Ms. Mc Dougald has a new 5th grade student who has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia. She knows that this means she will have to spend extra time to help the student with her...
    • A. 

      Spelling.

    • B. 

      Understanding of graphs.

    • C. 

      Handwritting.

    • D. 

      Receptive language.


  • 10. 
    Joey has had a difficult year. He gets very angry every time he is asked to complete an assignment. When he gets frustrated he sometimes gets mad and throws things while other times he will start to cry. Joey is most likely diagnosed with...
    • A. 

      Pervasive developmental disorder.

    • B. 

      An emotional disturbance.

    • C. 

      Social maladjustment.

    • D. 

      Oppositional defiant disorder.


  • 11. 
    Which of the following laws made it mandatory for schools to provide an education for ALL students and could no longer deny children a public education based solely on the fact that they had a disability.
    • A. 

      PL 49-241

    • B. 

      NCLB

    • C. 

      PL 94-142

    • D. 

      IDEA


  • 12. 
    Which of the following assessments is NOT a formal assessment?
    • A. 

      CBM-Curriculum Based Monitoring Assessment

    • B. 

      IQ test

    • C. 

      TAKS/STAAR

    • D. 

      Graduate Record Exam-GRE


  • 13. 
    A student who has difficulty with changes in daily activities, experiences repetitive or obsessive/compulsive behaviors, and is very sensitive to noise in the environment may be identified as a student with...  
    • A. 

      An Emotional Disturbance

    • B. 

      An Other Health Impairment

    • C. 

      A Traumatic Brain Injury

    • D. 

      Austism Spectrum Disorder


  • 14. 
    Carol is a student who often has difficulty in class. Many times she refuses to do her work, becomes the class clown during Language Arts, and can be defiant when working with other students in a small reading group.  Based on this information, Carol may be a student with...
    • A. 

      A Learning Disability

    • B. 

      An Emotional Disturbance

    • C. 

      An Other Health Impairment

    • D. 

      Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability


  • 15. 
    According to IDEA-the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, providing a student with a disability a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) is the direct responsibility of...
    • A. 

      The federal government

    • B. 

      The Texas Education Agency

    • C. 

      The local education agency-school district

    • D. 

      The parents


  • 16. 
    Mr. Jones has a new student in his class who has been diagnosed with a learning disability. The student is having difficulty retaining information. With the help of the special education teacher, Mr. Jones is now teaching the student mental techniques such as, keywords, rhymes, poems, and jingles to use as cues and to organize  information. These techniques used to help the student with memory are called...
    • A. 

      Cognitive behavioral modifications

    • B. 

      Problem based learning

    • C. 

      Social stories

    • D. 

      Mnemonics


  • 17. 
    Susan is in the 5th grade and does not have any behavioral problems in the classroom. However, she always has difficulty organizing tasks that require sustained mental effort. Although she can remain seated for long periods of time and she frequently does not focus on her work. Sometimes Susan does not appear to be listening when the teacher is speaking directly to her and is distracted by everything around her. Susan is most likely diagnosed with which type of ADHD?.
    • A. 

      Predominantly inattentive type

    • B. 

      Combined type

    • C. 

      Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type

    • D. 

      Predominantly hyperactive inattentive type


  • 18. 
    Karen is a new student in Santa Fe JH. She has been diagnosed as a student with a traumatic brain Injury (TBI). Which of the following is most likely to be the cause of the TBI?
    • A. 

      A drug overdose

    • B. 

      A car accident

    • C. 

      A blood clot that resulting in having a stroke

    • D. 

      Delivery complications at birth


  • 19. 
    Ray's annual ARD meeting was held last month and now his parents are requesting another ARD meeting to discuss the services that Ray is receiving. According to IDEA, what is the appropriate response from the school?
    • A. 

      Tell the parents they just had his annual meeting and they will have to wait until next year.

    • B. 

      Consider the parents concerns and then determine if an ARD is necessary.

    • C. 

      Schedule the meeting at the earliest, mutually agreeable time.

    • D. 

      Tell the parents about their due process rights.


  • 20. 
    Amanda has been in special education as a student with an emotional disturbance for the last 4 years. Her parents now feel that she is not benefiting from the special education program and have requested that she be removed from all special education services. According to IDEA 2004, what is the appropriate response from the district?
    • A. 

      Agree to remove all special ed services if the parent provides a written request.

    • B. 

      Remind the parents that they gave permission 4 years ago and that permission may not be revoked.

    • C. 

      Inform the parents that to remove her from special education they would have to first file for mediation.

    • D. 

      Tell the parents that they can discuss it at the next annual ARD meeting.


  • 21. 
    Ms. Robinson often has her students use a computer program to drill and practice addition and subtraction of fractions. The purpose of this activity for her students is to...
    • A. 

      Acquire new math skills.

    • B. 

      Generalize skills to a new situation

    • C. 

      Extend skills

    • D. 

      Maintain existing skills


  • 22. 
    Carrie is a 5th grade student with an orthopedic impairment and wears leg braces. Her teachers are concerned about her participating in PE class. What is the most appropriate solution for them to consider?
    • A. 

      Have her sit in the office when her class going to PE.

    • B. 

      Tell her to be very careful and not to climb on teh bleachers in PE.

    • C. 

      Modify activities for her so that she can participate with her peers in PE.

    • D. 

      Have her mother come and help in the PE class so that Carrie can participate.


  • 23. 
    Kendall is a 6th grade student with an intellectual disability (ID-previously MR) and her teacher is having difficulty getting her to do her work . Kendall says she is not good at doing schoolwork and always fails anyway. How can the teacher plan for Kendall?  
    • A. 

      Ask the 1st grade teacher for some of her worksheets since Kendall is working about a 1st-2nd grade level.

    • B. 

      Give Kendall the same worksheets over and over until she gets it right.

    • C. 

      Be sure that the work that Kendal is receiving is in her Zone of Proximal Development.

    • D. 

      Concentrate on vocational skills and forget the academics.


  • 24. 
    Mr. Dowdy has a student with a learning disability and some of her IEP objectives are no longer appropriate. Mr. Dowdy would like to modify the IEP. According to IDEA 2004 what are the options for changing the IEP?
    • A. 

      Conduct an ARD meeeting with the administrator and the special ed teacher, then change the IEP and send a copy to parents, explaining that the IEP needed to be modified.

    • B. 

      Send a copy to the parents, telling parents that the IEP needed to be modified without a meeting.

    • C. 

      Changes can only be made at an ARD meeting.

    • D. 

      Modify the IEP without a meeting as long as you have the school administrator's and the parent's approval.


  • 25. 
    Shawna is in the 4th grade and has significant intellectual disabilities. She spends most of her school day in a special education setting and she goes to general education PE and Art with the assistance of a paraprofessional. Shawna shows how she knows things best by doing activities rather than paper and pencil type tests.  Given this information, what form of the state assessment should the ARD committee seriously consider for Shawna?
    • A. 

      STAAR

    • B. 

      STAAR-M

    • C. 

      STAAR-Alt

    • D. 

      She is exempt from the state assessment


  • 26. 
    Ronnie is a 4th grade student who is experiencing a lot of difficulty in reading. His teacher is thinking that he may need to be referred to special education for possible special education services. What is the first step the teacher needs to take?
    • A. 

      Give Ronnie an IQ test to see if the difficulties are due to an intellectual deficit.

    • B. 

      Have him go to the special education resource reading class for a couple of weeks to see if he is more successful there.

    • C. 

      Call Ronnie's parents about the concerns regarding Ronnie's problems.

    • D. 

      Ask the special education teacher to come in and work with Ronnie for a while.


  • 27. 
    Mr. Thompson teaches the 4th grade and has several students in the class with intellectual disabilities. Josh is one of the students with ID and he is making progress on his IEP goals and objectives; however, Mr. Thompson thinks that Josh would be happier if he was in a Life Skills classroom. He wants to call the parents to discuss moving Josh to Life Skills. What requirement of the IDEA guidelines is Mr. Thompson forgetting?
    • A. 

      Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

    • B. 

      Having an ARD meeting

    • C. 

      Changing Josh's IEP

    • D. 

      Asking for an assistive technology device so he will want to be in Mr. Thompson's class.


  • 28. 
    For students who have low self-esteem, teachers can help build confidence by...
    • A. 

      Praising the student as he/she accomplishes small steps toward reaching the goal.

    • B. 

      Praising the student only when he/she meets his/her goal.

    • C. 

      Lowering the goal so the student can achieve it.

    • D. 

      Be sure to teach the student the importance of goal setting and reaching goals.


  • 29. 
    An ARD Committee is meeting to develop an IEP for Don, a 4th grade student with mild learning disabilities. In regard to the TEKS, the committee should ensure that...
    • A. 

      The objectives of the IEP match the TEKS as closely as possible.

    • B. 

      The IEP objectives are developed according to what the teacher says he needs.

    • C. 

      The IEP has modified objectives by assigning below grade level TEKS.

    • D. 

      Use the IEP of another student who seems to have similar problems.


  • 30. 
    Tyler is a 4 year old child with mild language and cognitive delays. He will turn 5 in August and his parents are planning for him to go to Kindergarten. What type of program should the parents look for at the school?
    • A. 

      A program that has all cognitively delayed students in a special education setting most of the day.

    • B. 

      A program that is developmentally appropriate and can meets Tyler's needs.

    • C. 

      A program that has a strong emphasis on building in reading and math skills.

    • D. 

      A program that expects students to have independent work habits.


  • 31. 
    A specific type of reading disability is known as...
    • A. 

      Dysgraphia

    • B. 

      Dyslexia

    • C. 

      Dyscalculia

    • D. 

      Dysomia


  • 32. 
    Sydny is a 4th grade student with multiple disabilities who will be assigned to Mr. Johnson's class. What is the most appropriate strategy for Mr. Johnson to use that will provide an overall supportive environment for Sydny?
    • A. 

      On the first day of school have a class meeting so the other students can ask Sydny about her disability.

    • B. 

      On the first day of school meet with all the class except Sydny and give them written guidelines on how they sould interact and communicate with her.

    • C. 

      Model the correct attitude and behavior to demonstrate acceptance of Sydny as an important member of the class.

    • D. 

      Make a schedule to assign all students a turn as a peer tutor for Sydny.


  • 33. 
    Steven is an 18 year old student with a moderate intellectual disability. He is currently working part-time at the local grocery store and intends to graduate next year. What must be used to ensure that Steven has received a coordinated sequence of services to help him be successful after school.
    • A. 

      The individual education plan (IEP).

    • B. 

      The individual transition plan (ITP).

    • C. 

      The vocational adjustment class (VAC).

    • D. 

      The career and technology education class (CTE).


  • 34. 
    A student with multiple disabilities who is learning to use an augmentative speech device can best be helped to integrate the device into the daily routine by...
    • A. 

      Assigning a list of activities for the student to do using the device.

    • B. 

      Encouraging other students to talk with the student while using the device.

    • C. 

      Requiring the student to use the device for 1 hour a day.

    • D. 

      Having the speech therapist to talk to the class about the device.


  • 35. 
    Sandra is a student with a learning disability in Math. Which of the following strategies can best help her be successful in Math?
    • A. 

      Have Sandra read the chapter ahead of time.

    • B. 

      Make sure that Sandra sits in an area where she will not be distracted.

    • C. 

      Give Sandra an alternate assignment to work on during math.

    • D. 

      Provide Sandra with manipulatives to use while learnging new concepts and to demonstrate knowledge of concepts.


  • 36. 
    Russell is a 15 year old student with an intellectual disability. In planning for the individual transition plan, how can the parents assist in the development of the plan?
    • A. 

      Look for agencies that will be able to help Russell.

    • B. 

      Make sure Russell has mastered independent living skills.

    • C. 

      Share with the committee what they know about Russell and help in the development of the post-secondary goal.

    • D. 

      Make sure that Russell follows through on the goals developed by the committee.


  • 37. 
    What is an important factor in assisting a blind student to be successful in the classroom?
    • A. 

      Make sure the student knows what he can and can't do.

    • B. 

      Be sure to tell the student about changes in the environment before they occur.

    • C. 

      Modify all assignments so the student will be successful.

    • D. 

      Rearrange the room on a regular basis to give the student mobility practice.


  • 38. 
    The most appropriate and effective program for students with an emotional disturbance (ED) is a program that...
    • A. 

      Focuses on getting behaviors in control before starting to work on academics.

    • B. 

      Focuses on vocational training for students.

    • C. 

      Focuses on psychotherapy and direct instruction of social skills.

    • D. 

      Focuses evenly on academic instruction and behavior control.


  • 39. 
    Cara and Mia both took the same IQ test. Cara received a score of 119 on the test, which has a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. Mia received a score of 125. Which of the following statements about these scores is true?
    • A. 

      Mia is smarter than Cara.

    • B. 

      Mia's score was above average and Cara's was average.

    • C. 

      Cara and Mia both scored above average on the test.

    • D. 

      Cara and Mia both had average scores on the test.


  • 40. 
    Ms. Wright is a speech/language pathologist and seesTommy, a 1st grader for therapy sessions focusing on his delayed language development. Tommy has a diagnosis of a seizure disorder and takes anticonvulsant medication. Ms. Wright has recently noticed that Tommy is inattentive,  and she has to prompt him often to get him to attend to what she is saying. What is the most likely explanation for this?
    • A. 

      Tommy is bored with therapy sessions.

    • B. 

      Tommy is not getting a good night's sleep at home.

    • C. 

      Tommy is sleepy due to his anti-seizure medication.

    • D. 

      Tommy is behaving this way to get more attention.


  • 41. 
    Jose is a 6th grade student with ADHD. His mother has a history of not getting his medication when it runs out each month. Today, Jose will not remain on task for more than a few seconds at a time, is being disruptive and will not remain in his seat. This is not typical behavior for Jose. What should the teacher do?
    • A. 

      Contact Jose's doctor and recommdend that his medicatoin be reevaluated for a higher dose.

    • B. 

      Contact Jose's mother and ask whether she was able to give him his medication today.

    • C. 

      Contact the school principal and recommend that Jose be placed in a different classroom.

    • D. 

      Contact Jose's doctor and recommend that he be reevaluated for a different medication.


  • 42. 
    Carson is a 7th grade student with an emotional disturbance (ED). This school year he stole another student's tennis shoes and was sent to the District's Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for 15 days. The school conducted a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) and determined that the actions were not a manifestation of his disability. Now he has gotten into a fight and the school is considering sending him back to the DAEP for  10 days. What course should the school take at this point?
    • A. 

      Carson has already had 10 days out of placement this school year so they must hold an MDR.

    • B. 

      Carson has already had an MDR for the 15 days so he will not need another since he has 10 more days to be out of placement.

    • C. 

      Carson has already had one MDR so we will not need another one this year.

    • D. 

      The school must always hold an MDR every time an incident happens.


  • 43. 
    Ms. Jones is an 8th grade teacher and has been teaching the students in her classroom how to use supplemental aids to help them complete their math problems independently.  This strategy is most beneficial to student because it...
    • A. 

      Helps them related new information to old information.

    • B. 

      Assists students in using new information more quickly.

    • C. 

      Provides tools for students to take control of their own learning.


  • 44. 
    The Education for All Handicapped Children (EAHC) was originally passed by Congress in 1975. It has been reauthorized several times, but when it was reauthorized in 1990 and became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act what provisions were added?
    • A. 

      504 Plans for students, parental access to personally identifiable information, & including special education students in state assessments.

    • B. 

      Transition services, assistive technology, & provisions for infants and toddlers.

    • C. 

      Special education student included in state assessments, transition services, & general ed teacher at ARD meetings.

    • D. 

      Provisions for infants and toddlers, 504 plans, & general education teacher at ARD meetings.


  • 45. 
    Mr. Crabtree has a new student in his 9th grade class with mild learning disabilities. He has decided to give her a criterion referenced test. Mr. Crabtree has chosen the criterion referenced test because...
    • A. 

      He wants to determine the student's academic functioning in comparison to other students in the class.

    • B. 

      He wants to determine the student's academic functioning in comparison to other students her age.

    • C. 

      He wants to determine the student's academic functioning based on the curriculum he is teaching..

    • D. 

      He wants to determine the student's academic functioning to see if she can benefit from being in his class.


  • 46. 
    George and Shirley have a child with a disability who receives special education  services. Which of the following is the best approach for the teacher to use in developing  a good relationship with George and Shirley?
    • A. 

      Avoid bothering them and only call if it is necessary.

    • B. 

      Establish contact with them as soon as possible in the year.

    • C. 

      Call them at home in the evening, every week.

    • D. 

      Remind them to visit the classroom every time they are invited.


  • 47. 
    Which of the following statements about effectively teaching children with Autism is true?
    • A. 

      Most students can be placed in the regular education classroom and he/she will be fine.

    • B. 

      Most students can be placed in the regular education classroom with support to assist with communication and/or social skills.

    • C. 

      Most students need to stay in a special education setting for their education.

    • D. 

      Most students need to be placed in a special school for students with Autism.


  • 48. 
    Which of the following is the most prevalent disability of the 13 eligibility categories?
    • A. 

      Autism

    • B. 

      Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability

    • C. 

      Learning Disability

    • D. 

      Other Health Impaired


  • 49. 
    A method for changing behavior by teaching students to think about their actions is known as...
    • A. 

      Behavior modification.

    • B. 

      Cognitive-behavior training.

    • C. 

      Positive behavior supports.

    • D. 

      Planned ignoring of behaviors.


  • 50. 
    Ms. Anthony has a daughter Casey who has an emotional disturbance. Ms. Anthony wants to know more about special education law and procedures. Where can she look for this type of information?
    • A. 

      Contact their personal attorney-Mr. Baez.

    • B. 

      Access the Developmental Disabilities website.

    • C. 

      Access the Legal Framework for IDEA 2004 on Region 18's website.

    • D. 

      Contact the district attorney's office in Orlando, FL.


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