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ERIC Number: ED527021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 67
Professional Development to Improve Accommodations Decisions--A Review of the Literature. Synthesis Report 84
Hodgson, Jennifer R.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Thurlow, Martha L.
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota
Teachers play an important role in making decisions about students' accommodations for instruction and assessment. Although teachers are a significant part of the decision-making process, "gaps" in teachers' accommodations knowledge are well documented. Some of these gaps may be due to challenges in providing teacher professional development, including teachers' limited time. A possible solution is to provide online professional development for teachers. Online training has the potential to avoid some of the pitfalls of traditional professional development, which require participants to meet at the same place and time. Because teachers are likely to have Internet access at work and at home, there is greater flexibility in how the training is provided when it is online. The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) is developing online training for the state of Alabama. In preparation for this development, the authors conducted a review of the literature to learn more about the characteristics of high-quality online accommodations training. This report summarizes the research literature for both professional development on accommodations decision making, and traditional and high-quality online teacher professional development. [This report was funded with partial support from the Multi-state GSEG Toward a Defensible AA-MAS.]
National Center on Educational Outcomes. University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-626-1530; Fax: 612-624-0879; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes; Council of Chief State School Officers; National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act