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Chapter 5: Adaptations, Skills, and Differentiation
There is a difference between accommodations and modifications as denoted in the following researchers’ definitions in reference to assessments.
“Accommodations are defined as changes to test content, format, or administration conditions for particular test takers that do not change the construct being measured but do remove construct-irrelevant contributions to test scores that would otherwise exist for these individuals. Modifications are defined as changes in test content, format, and/or administration conditions that are made to increase accessibility for some individuals but that affect the construct measured and, consequently, result in scores that differ in meaning from scores from the unmodified assessment” (Warren et al., 2011, p. 4).
This concept of accommodations and modifications is not exclusive to students but ...