ERIC Number: ED457604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Accommodations in State Assessments: What Databases Tell Us about Differential Levels of Use and How To Document the Use of Accommodations. Technical Report 30.
Thurlow, Martha L.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the use of accommodations in state assessment by students with disabilities and explored several related factors. A survey of states indicated 12 states (Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia), collected data on the number of students with disabilities using accommodations in their state assessments. Analyses found that, in general, there is a downward trend in the percentage of students using accommodations across grades. For the 16 tests with data on percentages of students using accommodations for at least 3 grades, 11 show a downward trend in percentages across school levels; 2 additional ones show a downward trend from elementary to middle school but minimal differences between middle and high school. Thus, a downward trend either across 2 or 3 of the 3 school levels is evident in over 95 percent of the possible comparisons. The extremely variable rates in accommodations use (8-82 percent) indicated that in some states more accommodations are being used than in others. The use of specific accommodations is discussed, and the need for better methods of recording accommodations use is emphasized. (Contains 32 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Academic Standards, Age Differences, Alternative Assessment, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($5). Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO.
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.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Nevada; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Dakota; West Virginia