ERIC Number: EJ1168871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Testing Accommodations for ADHD: Do They Help?
Pritchard, Alison Esposito; Koriakin, Taylor; Carey, Lisa; Bellows, Alison; Jacobson, Lisa; Mahone, E. Mark
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v21 n2 p67-78 2016
This study investigated the effectiveness of five commonly administered academic testing accommodations on reading and math performance in children with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A total of 96 parents of 3rd-8th grade students with ADHD participated. More than half of the sample also had parent-reported learning difficulties in reading and/or math. Individually administered cognitive and achievement test scores, types of testing accommodations received, and Maryland School Assessment (MSA) reading and math scores were obtained from these students' school records. Taking into account grade level and co-occurring learning difficulties, none of the five accommodations investigated were associated with better MSA scores among students with ADHD who received the accommodations versus comparable students who did not. Additionally, individual variation in processing speed performance did not moderate the association between receipt of accommodations and reading or math performance. Common testing accommodations, as presently administered, may offer little benefit for students with ADHD, regardless of co-occurring learning difficulties.
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Testing Accommodations, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Caregivers, Rating Scales, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Scores, Parents, Intelligence Tests, Children, Cognitive Ability, Aptitude Tests, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Wechsler Intelligence Scales Short Forms; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale
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