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ERIC Number: ED527022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 235
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
2009 State Policies on Assessment Participation and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report 83
Christensen, Laurene L.; Braam, Maureen; Scullin, Sarah; Thurlow, Martha L.
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota
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 2008 (based on 2007 data). In addition, current state accommodations policies were analyzed by grade and content area. In this analysis, policies from all fifty states and the District of Columbia were included in the report. The current analysis of states' 2009 participation and accommodations 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) State policies focus more on accommodations that produce valid scores; (2) There is a greater differentiation among accommodations for different groups of students (students with IEPs, students with 504 Plans, English Language Learners); (3) The Read Aloud Questions and Sign Interpret Questions accommodations continue to be controversial; (4) Accommodations policies differ significantly by content area in an increasing number of states; and (5) More states have guidelines for the use of accommodations requiring a third party/access assistant (Scribe, Reader, Sign Language Interpreter). Appended are: (1) State Documents Used in Analysis of Participation and Accommodation Policies; (2) Participation and Accommodation Guidelines by State. (Contains 32 tables and 26 figures.)
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: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary 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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)