Student Assessment Support
Modifications and Accommodations: Special Education Students
In designing the layout of an assessment, make sure there is plenty of white space to visually separate the questions and answers. Placing questions and answers in a table format can also be useful. Use an easily readable font, and consider if a larger font would be useful.
Allow students to have additional time to complete the assessment. If a student has difficulty with fine motor skills scribe their response or allow them to record their response.
Within the general education classroom, have students sit in a study carrel or quiet area to reduce distractions. Students can also have a preferred seating area or a special chair such as a Pilates ball.
Accommodation: Timing and Scheduling
Instead of using a text, consider using a film or video supplement. Assess the student at their instructional level. If they are reading at a first grade level, assess them at this level. Highlight important words, and provide students a glossary of these words.
Provide students with a word bank for responses. Use sentence starters, or a closed strategy to obtain a response. Consider having students draw, or produce their response with another method. Limit the quantity of responses.
It may be preferable to assess the student in a small group outside the general education setting with a familiar examiner. The student may need to have a one-on-one test examiner.
Modifications: Timing and Scheduling
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