Presentation: Markers

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Markers are used to help students maintain their place on a page of text (e.g., on a specific problem; on a specific answer). For example, a student might place a small cardboard square or chip next to the last item answered on the response form. In some cases, the student marks the items that he or she has completed. For ex- ample, the student marks an X through the item number, either on the test booklet or on the answer sheet. Or, when matching words to their definitions, the student crosses out incorrect definitions as he or she reads them.


  1. If a tangible marker is being used, be sure to review the test and response form in advance to ensure that the marker is the appropriate size.
  2. If the student is marking items with a pencil, it is important to review the procedure with the student, even though the student may be familiar with the technique.
  3. This ensures that the student does not mark something on the test that may create scoring problems.


If the student will mark on the answer form, check for any additional guidelines that must be followed. For example, if the student has marked off each item answered on a computer-readable form, the teacher may need to transcribe the answers onto a clean response form. In this case, special guidelines may apply.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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