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This chapter summarizes issues related to the accurate and timely identification of students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders (EBDs) as well as identifying need, planning interventions, and monitoring outcomes. First, we describe ongoing issues and concerns with accurate (e.g., minimization of false positives and false negatives) and timely (e.g., improved service delivery by being more responsive to students in need of special education) identification of students with emotional disturbance (ED). 1 Next, we describe general assessment methods and considerations that may contribute to improved service delivery. We close this chapter with a discussion of the critical role that accurate and timely identification plays in the provision of opportunity and the attainment of free appropriate public education (FAPE) mandates.



Brigham, F.J., McKenna, J.W., Claude, C.M. and Brigham, M.M. (2021), "Assessment of EBD", Obiakor, F.E. and Bakken, J.P. (Ed.) Traditional and Innovative Assessment Techniques for Students with Disabilities (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 36), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 39-58.



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