Special Test Accommodations. Virginia Association of Test Directors 2008 Assessment Conference October 2008. Presentation Topics. Accommodations Overview Local Review of Testing Accommodation Requests State Review of Testing Accommodation Requests Important Considerations Questions.
Special Test Accommodations
Virginia Association of Test Directors 2008 Assessment Conference
Testing Accommodations relate to:
Typically used for students who are unable to concentrate, maintain attention, or work over a long period of time.
Breaks during the tests
Multiple test sessions
Order of test administration
Typically used for students who require minimal distractions in order to demonstrate their knowledge or who must be testing in a non-school setting.
Small group testing
Students served at home or in hospital settings.
Typically used by students who require an alternate format of the test due to a sensory, physical or processing disability.
Large Print tests
Interpreting of test items using sign language
Typically used by students with disabilities who need support in order to record test items or to solve an item using some kind of material or device.
Dictation to a scribe
Verbal responses or pointing to indicate answers
Assistance with directions (simplify or clarify
(time of day, breaks)
Mark answers in test booklet
Assistance with directions (simplify or clarify)
Flexible scheduling (time of day, breaks)
whether requirements have been met.
(Supt. Memo #235)
(Testing Memo #720)
(See: Procedures for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia’s Accountability System)
Step 1: Receive test accommodation requests from:
Step 2: Gather information about the accommodation and student’s disability
Step 3: Review the accommodation request in light of:
Potential to enhance performance beyond access
Step 4: Make initial determination followed by 2nd level review
Fax written response to DDOT
Post frequently requested accommodations on DDOT page
Place Value Chart
Virginia Department of Education
Office of Test Administration, Scoring and Reporting