NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED509864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
The Role of Accommodations in Educational Accountability Systems. Topical Review Eight
Thompson, Sandra J.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Clapper, Ann T.
Educational Policy Reform Research Institute
Many students with disabilities need to use accommodations to meaningfully access instruction and to be appropriately assessed. During the past decade, the use of assessment accommodations has dramatically increased the participation rates of students with disabilities in statewide testing. Assessment accommodations can be defined as "changes in materials used for testing" (Thurlow, Elliott, & Ysseldyke, 2003, p. 30). The purpose of this topical review is to analyze how accommodations are used by students with disabilities on statewide tests, and their implications for accountability systems. This topical review also analyzes the state accommodations policies in four core states in which the Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (EPRRI) is conducting research (California, Maryland, New York, and Texas) to illustrate a range of accommodation policies. Participation and Accommodation Definitions is appended. (Contains 13 tables and 1 figure.)
Educational Policy Reform Research Institute. 1308 Benjamin Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-6509; Fax: 301-314-9158; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (EPRRI)
Identifiers - Location: California; Maryland; New York; Texas