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Students With Disabilities, Accommodations for in Testing

Testing accommodations are changes in test materials or procedures that provide students with disabilities better access to the test. Accommodations provide a way to get around the effects of disabilities. For example, using a Braille edition allows students who are blind to use tactile cues to reduce the effects of their blindness. The importance of testing accommodations has increased with the rise in the amount of testing in the United States and the requirement that all students participate in federal, state, and district tests.

Types of Testing Accommodations

Testing accommodations are changes to

  • the way in which testing materials are presented (presentation accommodations),
  • the responses required of the student (response accommodations),
  • the setting in which the test is administered (setting accommodations),
  • the schedule of testing (scheduling accommodations), ...
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