ERIC Number: ED457434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Equity Issues in the Assessment of Individuals with Visual or Hearing Impairments.
Ekstrom, Ruth B.
Legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates testing accommodations in order to ensure that examinations accurately reflect the abilities of a person. This document describes different types of testing for hearing impaired and visually impaired. Individualized testing accommodations such as changes to the test directions, administration procedures, or test contents; audio taped examinations; and the use of interpreters are explained. Issues regarding whether or not modified tests are equivalent to standard tests are presented with a focus on the low reading levels of most people with hearing impairment. Legal issues are explained such as inclusion of students with disabilities in national testing programs and voluntary disclosure of a disability. Testing professionals have the responsibility to become informed about disabilities and to correct any misconceptions they hold about the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. (Contains 19 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990