ERIC Number: ED486236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, 2003. Synthesis Report 56
Clapper, Ann T.; Morse, Amanda B.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thompson, Sandra J.; Thurlow, Martha L.
National Center on Educational Outcomes
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has been tracking and analyzing state policies on assessment participation and accommodations since 1992. The purpose of the current analysis is to update information on these policies that was last reported by NCEO in 2002 (based on 2001 data). The current analysis of states' 2003 participation and accommodation policies found that state policies on participation and accommodation continue to evolve, and that they have become more detailed and specific than in previous years. Key findings from this analysis include: (1) Clarifications and specifications attached to specific accommodations in state policies--especially those with implications for resulting scores--are increasing; (2) States are providing guidance to readers, scribes, and sign language interpreters--as well as direction for IEP teams--on the process for using accommodations that are not on an approved list; (3) The number of states permitting the use of accommodations for all students is increasing; and (4) The most controversial accommodations continue to be read aloud (questions), calculator, spellchecker, and proctor/scribe.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Objectives, Sign Language, Disabilities, Testing Accommodations, Student Evaluation, Educational Policy, Statewide Planning, Individualized Education Programs, Scores, Standardized Tests
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax 612-624-0879.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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, Washington, DC.