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Accommodation Decisions Based on an Accommodations Assessment

Laitusis, Cara Cahalan
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Focus Group, School Psychologists, Test Accommodations, Special Education, Assessing People with Disabilities


Although state departments of education and testing organizations usually make decisions about what accommodations are allowed on standardized tests, the decisions about what, if any, testing accommodations an individual student will receive are usually made by a local child study team. Although the child study team is very knowledgeable about the student, research indicates that accommodation decisions sometimes result in lowering a student’s performance on the standardized test from the performance that would have been attained without the accommodation. This report describes the development of a prototype assessment that can help child study teams make more valid decisions about the appropriate testing accommodations for students with learning disabilities.

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