ERIC Number: ED458289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Test Accommodations for LEP Students. ERIC Digest.
Stansfield, Charles; Rivera, Charlene
This digest presents an overview of accommodations for students of limited English proficiency (LEP) and an overview of inclusion practices on statewide assessments, with emphasis on the accommodation known as linguistic simplification. The inclusion of LEP students in statewide testing programs over the last decade has been uneven. In the mid-1990s, 44 of the 48 states with state assessment programs permitted English language learners (ELLs) to be excused from one or more assessments. A study of state inclusion policies and accommodations for ELLs in the 1998-1999 school year showed that most states were trying various accommodations for ELLs. Appropriate test accommodations level the playing field and help ensure the validity of the test for all students by eliminating irrelevant obstacles. It is important to identify appropriate, valid, and reliable accommodations so that students who receive them do not receive a demonstrable advantage over those who do not. Two recent studies that explored the effects of linguistic simplification as an accommodation illustrate the complexity of the issue. The result of the process of linguistic simplification must be to make the item accessible to ELLs without altering the difficulty of the content. This is not always possible. Further studies are necessary to address the usefulness of linguistic simplification for LEP students taking formal and high stakes assessments. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning, State Programs, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, College Park, MD.