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ERIC Number: ED467722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Access to Computer-Based Testing for Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report.
Thompson, Sandra J.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Quenemoen, Rachel F.; Lehr, Camilla A.
With pressure to find more cost effective and less labor-intensive approaches to testing, states are seeing computer-based testing as a way to address the increasingly challenging prospect of assessing all students in a state at nearly all grades. Unfortunately, most states have not specifically considered the needs of students with disabilities. This paper recognizes the opportunities created by the new frontier of computer-based testing and identifies the challenges. Research findings and accommodations considerations are also addressed. The recommended process for a good transformation of a paper and pencil test to computer-based testing assumes that the principles of universally designed assessments have been followed. Then, the five recommended steps are: (1) assemble a group of experts to guide the transformation; (2) decide how each accommodation will be incorporated into the computer-based test; (3) consider each accommodation or assessment feature in light of the constructs being tested; (4) consider the feasibility of incorporating the accommodation into the computer-based test; and (5) consider training implications for staff and students. The paper also presents initial considerations for common accommodations within the categories of timing/scheduling, presentation, response, and setting. Appendices include information on federal requirements and a Web-accessibility checklist. (Contains 78 references.) (Author/CR)
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455. For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In collaboration with: the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).