Testing Accommodations for Children with Disabilities

Brian C. McKevitt, Stephen N. Elliott and Ryan J. Kettler

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199983292 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Testing Accommodations for Children with Disabilities

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Educators have a responsibility for including all students, including those in special education, in assessment programs designed to hold states, school districts, and schools accountable for student learning. Testing accommodations often are used to facilitate the participation of students with disabilities in these testing programs. Testing accommodations are changes to the conditions under which a test is administered or responded to by a student. This chapter discusses the use of testing accommodations with students with disabilities, including information about types of accommodations, research about accommodations, and psychometric issues associated with using accommodations on standardized tests. The chapter demonstrates how the use of testing accommodations can be a valid and fair method for including students with disabilities in testing.

Keywords: accommodations; accountability; assessment; disabilities; special education; standardized; students; testing

Article.  8089 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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