ERIC Number: ED416628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Providing Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in State and District Assessments.
Elliott, Judy; Thurlow, Martha; Ysseldyke, Jim; Erickson, Ron
NCEO Policy Directions, n7 Jun 1997
This report examines issues concerning the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities participating in state and district assessments. The report considers what an accommodation is, what kinds of accommodations are available, who should make the decision regarding accommodations, when accommodations should be used, and how accommodations affect test results. Analysis of state written guidelines has resulted in identification of the following principles to guide decisions: (1) base decisions on the student's needs; (2) use a form identifying variables in accommodation decisions; (3) have people who know the student make decisions about accommodations; (4) align instruction, classroom testing, and district or state assessment; and (5) consider the type of test. States are urged to have a written assessment policy which reflects inclusive practices for student participation in assessment and clear assessment accommodation policies. Two tables list types of assessment accommodations and sample questions to consider in the decision process. (DB)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, State Programs, State Regulation, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.