Document Type

Master's Research

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education


Professional Studies


Rama Cousik

Date of Award



Regular paper tests are used in the classroom as a way to test learned knowledge, but students with learning disabilities often have trouble successfully passing these tests. It is plausible to examine this learned-knowledge through alternative assessments. Student behavior may also be a factor in successful test completion. Alternative assessments will be implemented in the art classroom as a way to positively influence behavior. This thesis will compare the scores of high school students on a regular paper test to their scores on an alternative assessment and see if their behavior is affected by the change of assessment.