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ERIC Number: ED463625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-26
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Struggling toward "ALL" in State and District Assessments: What about Those Who Need Non-Standard Accommodations?
Freedman, Miriam Kurtzig
This paper outlines concerns relating to the inclusion of students with disabilities in state and district educational assessments and the provision of non-standard accommodations (NSAs). The major concerns are that: (1) the term "non-standard accommodation" is an oxymoron and muddies the issue; (2) NSAs change the plain meaning of words beyond recognition and states are not clear about how to count and score tests using NSAs; (3) the current discussion of NSAs fatally confuses the role of the Individualized Education Program team and the role of the test producer; (4) no law requires NSAs to be used and scored with other test results; (5) NSAs leave educators, parents, and taxpayers in the dark, as they are shrouded in confusion; (6) NSAs expose districts and states to future litigation; (7) NSAs may lead to fewer appropriate educational services; and (8) the use of NSAs may not truly provide access to the general curriculum. It is recommended that states and districts be clear about their standards, provide clear instructions about what accommodations are allowed, develop a well-crafted waiver policy, and provide honorable exit documents for students who cannot meet state or district requirements on the test. (Contains 31 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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