ERIC Number: ED385058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
A Compilation of States' Guidelines for Accommodations in Assessments for Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report 18.
Thurlow, Martha L.; And Others
In response to findings of excessive exclusion of students with disabilities from national and state educational assessments, this document was developed to provide a listing of states' guidelines for assessment accommodations for such students. Guidelines in current use were provided by 38 states. Of the remaining states, seven did not have state assessments and five did not have written guidelines on accommodations. An overview summarizes trends and commonalities in the following seven categories: (1) individualized education program function; (2) requirements for documentation of the use of accommodations; (3) use of the same accommodations for assessment as for instruction; (4) acceptability of specific accommodations; (5) allowing accommodations for students without disabilities; (6) out-of-level testing; and (7) reporting of results. The report notes that the use of accommodations in statewide assessments is quite prevalent but not very consistent and that nearly every state has revised its accommodations guidelines within the past 2 years. (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Individualized Education Programs, National Surveys, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations
NCEO, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.