Teacher Tools Related to Assessment Accommodations

  • Response Assessment Accommodations
    Response accommodations allow students to respond to test questions in different ways or to solve or organize a response using some type of assistive device or organizer. Examples of response accommodations include the following: expressing a response to a scribe through speech; sign language, pointing, or by using an assistive communication device; typing on or speaking to a word processor; typing on a Brailler; and writing in a test booklet instead of on an answer sheet.
  • Setting Assessment Accommodations
    Setting accommodations change the location in which an assessment is given or the conditions of the assessment setting. The testing location should be as free as possible from noise, traffic, and other interruptions, and there should be good lighting and ventilation, comfortable room temperature, and adequate space for test booklets and answer sheets on students' desks.
  • Timing and Scheduling Assessment Accommodations
    Timing and scheduling accommodations change the allowable length of testing time and may also change the way the time is organized. They provide students with the time and the breaks they need to complete the test. Other changes may include the particular time of day, day of the week, or number of days over which a test is administered.
  • Presentation Assessment Accommodations
    Presentation accommodations allow students to access test directions or content in ways that do not require them to visually read standard print. These alternate modes of access include visual, tactile, auditory, and a combination of visual and auditory. Sometimes presentation accommodations refer to test instructions only, and sometimes they are used for all or part of the test.
  • Teacher Tools For Assessment Accommodations
    Forms and checklists are available to assist teachers in facilitating assessment accommodations for students.
    • Accommodations Considerations for Assessment and Instruction
    • Format to Remind Teachers About a Student's Accommodation Needs
    • Planning for Test Day
    • Teacher Evaluation of Assessment Accommodations
    • Student Evaluation of Assessment Accommodations
    • Accommodations Journal: Keeping Track of What Works

Developed by:
Sandra J. Thompson, Ph.D., University of MInnesota 

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