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ERIC Number: ED509269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Academic Competencies of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: What Parents Need to Know about Test Equity in Schools. Test Equity Considerations: Parents
Many children find school tests difficult, but children who are deaf or hard of hearing may find them especially so. Reports from the 2008 Test Equity Summit indicate that disproportionate numbers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing at all grade levels are failing critically important tests even though their classroom work may show that they know the test material. This long-recognized discrepancy prompted Test Summit participants to question whether academic tests accurately measure the knowledge and aptitude of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is important that parents communicate their test equity concerns to their child's school. Parent input can be instrumental for schools in providing accommodations that enable students who are deaf or hard of hearing to show their true abilities. This paper offers 11 ways to improve test equity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet-West