Setting: Preferential Seating

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Description Preferential seating may include placement in the classroom (e.g., up front by the teacher, away from a distracting doorway or fan, facing the wall) or in a separate defined area such as a study carrel. Preferential seating may be implemented in the same room as other classmates, or it may be located in a separate setting.

Procedure

  1. Review the room and identify all areas that may create distractions or provide best placements for individual students.
  2. Before asking a student to test in a location, make sure that both you and the student have tried to work in the space for an extended period of time.
  3. While a student may work well in a study carrel during regular instructional activities, he or she may not do as well during an assessment.
  4. While a student may work well in the front row during instruction, your presence at the desk may prove distracting for the student during a test situa- tion.

Cautions

Students should be comfortable in special placements during assessments. Take care to ensure that the preferential seating is not perceived as punishment.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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