Assessment & Accommodation

Classroom  Read our suggestions for modifying assessments, and discover new techniques to improve your knowledge of your students. Also find practical accommodations that can be made in most classrooms. These practices will help you include all of your students in classroom discussion, a primary goal for successful teachers.

Assessment Accommodation

Alternative Assessment


Resources on Assessment Accommodation by the Council for Exceptional Children

Making Assessment Accommodations: A Toolkit for Educators
Use as a training resource or for information sessions to learn about the accommodations useful to assist students through state and district wide assessments. The video features students in test settings, as well as teachers, parents, and administrators explaining what accommodations are available.

Standards Reference Master This CD-ROM features Standards and Benchmarks for 33 States and McREL's Content Knowledge. More than just a text browser, this powerful infoBASE allows you to personalize standards and benchmark content through program features such as creating shadow files, highlighting, full-text editing, and more.

Testing Students with Disabilities: Practical Strategies for Complying With District and State Requirements
Martha L. Thurlow, Judy L. Elliott, and James E. Ysseldyke
This guide explains how to decide which tests students with disabilities should take; what assessment accommodations are, their purpose, and who is eligible for them; how to ensure that any assessments used locally are comparable to state standards; and how to blend the assessment process with the student's IEP.

Teaching Test-taking Skills: Helping Students Show What They Know
Thomas E. Scruggs and Margo A. Mastropieri
Classroom teachers, resource teachers, and parents can help students "show what they know" by training them in test-taking skills. Not to be confused with teaching to the test, test-taking skills training involves teaching the student to deal with test format and his or her own approach to taking tests. This book gives strategies for taking both standardized and classroom tests, and presents a curriculum and sample lesson plans.

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.