Accommodations

An accommodation is a support that helps a student to successfully participate in the general education curriculum and show progress. Assessment accommodations change the way an assessment is administered without altering the content of the assessment.   Classroom accommodations are crucial supports in helping students achieve CCRS.  Explore the resources below for an overview of classroom accommodations, such as making changes to scheduling, materials, instruction, or how a student responds to show progress.  Also provided is information about various types of assessment accommodations, such as accommodations to settings, timing, scheduling, format, or response. In addition, you can use the links provided to learn more about the importance of determining which accommodations are appropriate to meet an individual child’s needs.

Classroom Accommodations

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) has a launch page devoted to information about accommodations, including a resource that explains supports, modifications, and accommodations.

NCLD, in association with Reading Rockets, provides information about accommodations for students with learning disabilities.

NASP’s vision is to help all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. The document, Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, provide background and strategies for providing accommodations for students with disabilities.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides a host of resources for SEAs, LEAs, families and educators to promote knowledge development and capacity building to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

Assessment Accommodations

This letter was written and distributed to address the use of a calculator as an accommodation or individual modification for the participation of students with disabilities in State and district-wide assessments.

Postsecondary Education Program Network 2 (pepnet 2) provides information about accommodations that might be particularly useful for students who are deaf or hard of hearing: Accommodations are central to issues of access to education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (SDHH). However, there are often concerns that accommodations might change the difficulty of a test, particularly when those changes involve different language modalities (e.g., ASL or a signed version of a standardized measure). This paper reviewed the current literature, focusing on the factors that are important to keep in mind when considering the use of accommodations for assessment.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) is a national technical assistance center that provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students with disabilities (SWD), including English learners with disabilities.  They provide information about accommodations for students with disabilities and universally designed assessments: 

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) provides families with information about assessment accommodations.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides a host of resources for SEAs, LEAs, families and educators to promote knowledge development and capacity building to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

IRIS Center offers a wide variety of free, online resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices to support behavior and classroom management, including modules, practice guides and research summaries developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized researchers and education experts, to support the education of all children, particularly those with disabilities.  See the “Resources Locator” for information on assessment and accommodations.