IEP Components - Accommodations in Assessment

IDEA requires that students with disabilities take part in state or districtwide assessments. These are tests that are periodically given to all students to measure achievement. It is one way that schools determine how well and how much students are learning. To support the participation of children with disabilities in such large-scale testing, accommodations or modifications may be necessary in how the test is administered or how a given child takes the test. It’s the responsibility of the IEP team to decide howthe student with a disability will participate, and then to document that decision in the child’s IEP. Alternatively, the IEP team may decide that a particular test is not appropriate for a child. In this case, the IEP must include: an explanation of why that test is not suitable for the child, and how the child will be assessed instead (often called alternate assessment). The focus of this issue of NASET’s IEP Components Series is to address accommodations in assessment in an IEP.


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