Assessment Accommodations Objectives

Related References
Types of Assessment

Guiding Principles
Case Studies

These are the objectives for each type of assessment accommodation.

Timing: changes in the length of testing.


  • Provides extra time to read written text.
  • Provides extra time to write responses.
  • Provides extra time to use certain equipment.
  • Helps students with short attention spans stay on task.

Scheduling: changes in when testing occurs.


  • Coordinates the assessment with the effects of medication.
  • Helps students who have low frustration tolerance.

Setting: changes in the place where an assessment is given.


  • Helps students who have difficulty focusing attention in a group setting.
  • Supports other classmates who may be distracted by the accommodation.

Presentation: changes in how an assessment is given to a student.


  • Supports students with sensory needs.
  • Supports students who have difficulty reading or understanding directions.

Response: changes in how a student responds to an assessment.


  • Meets needs related to physical and sensory disabilities that limit the student's ability to respond.
  • Helps students who have memory, sequencing, directionality, alignment, organization, and other problems that may interfere with successful performance on tests.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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