Taking a uniquely practical approach to the topic of assessment in special education, the authors organize the material into a "real-world story" by having each part and chapter of the text reflect the linear chronology of the assessment process used in schools. What's New to the Third Edition? New chapter on response to intervention (RTI) that stresses the increasing importance of multitiered assessment in today's classrooms (Chapter 17) New information on functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and behavioral intervention plans (BIPs) (Chapter 11) New information on the various types of speech and language disorders often seen by teachers of special education (Chapter 13) More comprehensive approach to understanding the eligibility requirements necessary for a diagnosis to be made (Chapter 16) Updated and revised content for the discussed areas of disability, including learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, mental retardation or intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbance "This is an exceptional text. It is the most useful and most user-friendly assessment text I have found. In fact, no other assessment text I have seen compares to the Pierangelo/Giuliani text. It is truly a practical approach to an otherwise complex topic." Nancy Burton, Concord University "The methodology of structuring the text to mirror the special education process is a sound teaching practice for undergraduate students." Shirley Fortney, Virginia Wesleyan CollegePierangelo, Roger is the author of 'Assessment in Special Education: A Practical Approach', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205608355 and ISBN 0205608353.