Presentation: Markers

How to use markers as an assessment accommodation.
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Updated on: December 11, 2000

Presentation: Markers

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Markers are used to help students maintain their place on a page of text (e.g., on aspecific problem; on a specific answer). For example, a student might place a smallcardboard 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 bookletor on the answer sheet. Or, when matching words to their definitions, the studentcrosses 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 inadvance 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 procedurewith the student, even though the student may be familiar with the technique.
  3. Thisensures that the student does not mark something on the test that may create scoringproblems.


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

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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