Accommodating tests

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Accommodations are changes in the way a student takes a test, without changing the actual test itself.Using accommodations can be complicated - the goal is to find a balance that gives students equal access to the test, but does not make the test content easier.In-person group training is available at the start of the fall semester, and individual training is available at other times of the year. I work with the Mc Burney Disability Resource Center and am approved for disability-related accommodations.

In state policies, a variety of terms are used to indicate whether a change in test materials or procedures is considered to be "okay" or "not okay" - i.e., to produce "valid" or "not valid" scores.Students should contact their Mc Burney access consultant if they test with technology, need additional training, or have questions.Alternative Testing Online Training Students who use assistive or adaptive technology during accommodations commonly test at the Testing and Evaluation Office, but can test in the department if the necessary technology is available.For students with disabilities to be successful on these assessments, the first thing they need is instruction in the standards-based content covered by the assessments.Assuming they have had this instruction, with support provided through special education services and strategies described in the instruction part of this website, they need an opportunity to show what they have learned on a test - with access that is equal to the access provided to students without disabilities.

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