ERIC Number: ED447611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
State Participation and Accommodation Policies for Students with Disabilities: 1999 Update. Synthesis Report 33.
Thurlow, Martha; House, Allison; Boys, Chris; Scott, Dorene; Ysseldyke, James
This report summarizes 48 states' current policies on the participation of students with disabilities in large-scale assessments and the accommodations noted in state policies as available for those students. In developing the summary, changes in state assessment policies were also checked. Charts in the report provide information on presentation accommodations, response accommodations, scheduling accommodations, setting accommodations, and standard versus nonstandard assessments. Results from the review indicate: (1) state participation and accommodation policies continue to rely on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams to make decisions; (2) there has been a decrease in attention to the type of disability and an increase in attention to curricular activity or matching assessment to the course content; (3) additional testing options have become widely available, with many states allowing partial participation in testing; (4) a significant change for state policies is the addition of accommodation criteria that help IEP teams to make more systematic decisions to ensure appropriate accommodations; and (5) the description of accommodations as standard or nonstandard appears to be increasing. A complete list of state documents is included in the appendices. (CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Curriculum Design, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Individualized Education Programs, Scheduling, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Test Format, Testing Accommodations, Testing Problems
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455; Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO ($20).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.