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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.
One accommodation that is not permissible is read aloud accommodations.
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.