ERIC Number: ED415261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Leveling the Playing Field: A Comparison of Scores of College Students with and without Learning Disabilities on Classroom Tests.
A study was conducted to determine if providing additional time to complete classroom tests increases the test scores of college students with learning disabilities. Whether the accommodation allows the extra time necessary for students with learning disabilities to process the information, leveling the playing field, or whether it creates a comparative disadvantage for students without learning disabilities was explored with 32 students with learning disabilities and 89 without, all enrolled in 6 classes at a private college in Florida. Four nonstandardized multiple choice tests were administered to all participants over a semester. The first two tests were given without any accommodation, while the third and fourth tests were given with additional time for all students. Providing extended time on the test benefited all students, but this accommodation specifically contributed to an increase in scores for learning disabled students, to the extent that their scores increased to the level of nondisabled students who were tested routinely. This accommodation did level the playing field for the learning disabled. Issues for further research include those of self- selection of accommodation by students, kind of learning disability, and type of test. (Contains 5 tables and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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