Assessment Accommodations Objectives

Review effective assessment accommodations for special needs students.

Assessment Accommodations Objectives

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These are the objectives for each type of assessment accommodation.

Timing: changes in the length oftesting.


  • Provides extra time to read written text.
  • Provides extra time to write responses.
  • Provides extra time to use certainequipment.
  • Helps students with short attention spansstay on task.

Scheduling: changes in when testingoccurs.


  • Coordinates the assessment with theeffects of medication.
  • Helps students who have low frustrationtolerance.

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


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

Presentation: changes in how anassessment is given to a student.


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

Response: changes in how a studentresponds to an assessment.


  • Meets needs related to physical andsensory disabilities that limit the student'sability to respond.
  • Helps students who have memory,sequencing, directionality, alignment,organization, and other problems that mayinterfere with successful performance ontests.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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