Accommodations

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Special Education Opinion Daydreaming or Distracted? What Teachers Misunderstand About ADHD
Teachers must not wait for a firm diagnosis to make important learning accommodations for students who may have ADHD, writes Kyle Redford.
Kyle Redford, May 2, 2018
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Special Education Study: Students With ADHD Not Helped by Common Test Accommodations
Extended testing time or frequent breaks did not appear to help students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder perform better on a standardized test, a new study found.
Christina A. Samuels, December 23, 2016
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Curriculum ACT Offers First Accommodations for English-Language Learners
In a break from past practice, ACT Inc. has announced that it will begin offering accommodations for English learners.
Catherine Gewertz, November 14, 2016
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College & Workforce Readiness ACT Streamlines Accommodations System After Criticism for Denials, Delays
The testing company had come under fire for making it tough to get accommodations on its college-entrance exam, which many states require all students to take.
Catherine Gewertz, May 24, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Justice Department Eyes Accommodations on SAT, ACT
In some states, students with disabilities are required to take one of the college-entrance exams, but some can't get the testing accommodations they need.
Catherine Gewertz, February 24, 2016
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Education Justices Bolster Protection for Religious Accommodations in Employment
In a case watched by educators, the U.S. Supreme Court rules for a Muslim woman denied a job because she wore a head scarf.
Mark Walsh, June 1, 2015
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Education Supreme Court Weighs Religious Accommodations in Employment
A case about a retail job applicant's Muslim head scarf could have implications for school districts and students.
Mark Walsh, February 25, 2015
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Assessment Smarter Balanced Reports Student Views on Field-Test Accommodations
A report from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium suggests that built-in test accommodations are easy to use, but that more students need to become familiar with them.
Christina A. Samuels, November 5, 2014
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Ninth graders at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md., take part infield-testing for assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The exams will be rolled out in final form during the 2014-15 academic year.
Ninth graders at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md., take part infield-testing for assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The exams will be rolled out in final form during the 2014-15 academic year.
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Special Education Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Accommodations
But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
Liana Loewus, April 21, 2014
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Federal PARCC Field Tests to Lack Some Accommodations
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
Christina A. Samuels, November 5, 2013
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Standards PARCC Releases Final Version of Accommodations Policy for ELLs
The substantive policies around testing supports for English-learners were approved in June by PARCC's governing board.
Lesli A. Maxwell, July 26, 2013
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Federal Common-Core Group Details Test Accommodations
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
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Assessment Comment Deadline Looms for Test Accommodations Manual
Some learning disability advocacy groups have said that the draft manual developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is too restrictive.
Christina A. Samuels, May 10, 2013
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Federal PARCC Proposes Common-Core Test Accommodations
The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
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