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Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodations Manual and Policy

The Testing Accommodations Manual: A Guide to Selecting, Administering and Evaluating the Use of Accommodations, establishes guidelines for the selection and use of accommodations for instruction and assessments of students with disabilities as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 re-authorized in 2008, as well as English Language Learners (ELL).

Section 1 identifies steps to aid personnel in the determination of proper assessments and modifications for students with disabilities while Section 2 identifies steps for the determination of proper assessments and modifications for ELL students.

2014 DC Testing Accomodations Manual

2014 Nonstandard Accommodation Request

One accommodation that is not permissible is read aloud accommodations.

Accommodations Studies

OSSE is committed to ongoing evaluation of accommodations available to students with disabilities and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. As a part of this effort, OSSE commissioned a study in 2009 on the use of accommodations by students with disabilities on the annual statewide assessment. The detailed report is available upon request. However, a summary of findings from the report is available.

Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Training Tools and Resources

DC CAS Accommodations Training

Decision Flow Chart for ELL Participation in DC CAS

Emergency Standard Accommodations Documentation for Students with Injuries

Oral Reading of Test Questions Guidance

Testing Accommodations Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Related Services: 
Service Contact: 
Michelle Blakey-Tuggle
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-6436
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Education, Office of the State Superintendent of

GIS Address: 
810 1st Street NE