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Accommodations Manual - How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities

The Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodation for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities presents a five-step process for Individualized Educational Program (IEP) teams, 504 plan committees, general and special education teachers, administrators, and district level assessment staff to use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the use of instructional and assessment accommodations by students with disabilities. A companion Professional Development Guide has been developed to support the use of this manual. The guidance in the manual pertains to students with disabilities who participate in large-scale assessments and the instruction they receive.

The five steps include the following:

  1. Expect students with disabilities to achieve grade-level academic content standards.
  2. Learn about accommodations for instruction and assessment.
  3. Select accommodations for instruction and assessment for individual students.
  4. Administer accommodations during instruction and assessment.
  5. Evaluate and improve accommodation use