How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for
Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities (PDF) -
This manual from the Council of Chief State School Officers details
a five-step plan for use of accommodations in assessments and provides
fact sheets and teacher tools. The five steps are: expect students
with disabilities to achieve grade-level academic content standards,
learn about accommodations for instruction and assessment, select
accommodations for individual students, administer accommodations, and
evaluate and improve accommodations use. (56 pages, 299 KB).
TN Sevier County Tennessee School System Section 504
Plans: Examples of
Program Accommodations and Adjustments -
This document contains possible examples of 504 accommodations.
This is intended to be a staff document. The following examples are
not offered as check lists and should never be considered as
all-inclusive or mandatory listings. Rather the following are examples
intended to serve as “starters” for 504 teams designing accommodation
plans that meet a student’s specific needs.
What is Facilitated
communication (FC)? A technique used to help some persons with
limited or no speech to communicate by typing or pointing. A
facilitator provides both physical and emotional support. The physical
support functions as an accommodation for neuro-motor problems that
may interfere with independent pointing, which, over time, is usually
faded. Some users eventually communicate without any physical contact
with their facilitator. (University of Maine, U.A.P., 1995)
Communication Institute - Facilitated communication is an
alternative means of expression for people who cannot speak, or whose
speech is highly limited (e.g. echoed, limited to one or a few word
utterances), and who cannot point reliably. The method has been used
as a means to communicate for individuals with severe disabilities,
including persons with labels of mental retardation, autism, Down
syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Established at Syracuse
University in 1992, the Facilitated Communication Institute conducts
research, public education, training and scholarly seminars. It was
created as a way of bringing together the research community, people
with disabilities, their families, and practicing professionals to
examine, learn about, and share information on facilitated
Word Banks and Calculators:
Pete Wright Answers Questions About Accommodations and Modifications
Grading Students with Disabilities - Research tells us what
kinds of grading adaptations can produce fair and meaningful grades
for all students. Despite decades of research and advice, grading
remains a controversial topic for educators.
Grading Students with
Educational Disabilities - The
purpose of this material is to provide the general educator with a
working knowledge of his or her obligations under the IDEA and Section
504 to provide students with disabilities equal opportunity to learn
and receive a passing grade.
CLiMB - Clarifying Language in Michigan Benchmarks -
A Resource Developed by Teachers for the Michigan Department of
Education. Provides clarifications, resources,
instructional and assessment examples for five content
areas: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts.
To view the Michigan Benchmarks,
click here (PDF).
LOVE UNLEASHED: 4-legged
therapist helps teen learn to socialize, verbalize -
Jim and Laurie Bond say they owe a lot to their
dog, TJ. The couple credit the golden retriever with bringing their
14-year-old son Jeb out of a shell, transforming him from a loner who
seldom communicated into a more social, active teen.
(Testing) Accommodations and Modifications -
If IEP Teams
determine that their student should participate in one or more of the
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) assessments, they will
need to decide whether or not the student—because of his or her
disability—needs assessment accommodations.
Evidenced Based Services and Anxiety - Evidence based services
or interventions (EBS) are those that have been scientifically proven
to have a positive effect in the treatment of a particular disorder.
Children in Extroverted Schools
Schools are designed to
educate the extroverted majority. They are fast paced,
demanding quick thinking and snappy answers, group
brainstorming, adapting to constant change and the ability to
compete. Extroverts succeed in this environment while
introverts thrive in just the opposite atmosphere.
E-mail classes get 'A' - Online
program in Mesa credible, convenient, free.
Too thirsty for
- Pupils at Westdene bring water bottles to school.
Word Banks and Calculators: Pete Answers Questions About
Accommodations and Modifications -
Do teachers have to provide the accommodations and modifications
listed in the IEP? Pete answers questions, offers thoughts about
teaching skills v. providing accommodations and modifications,
Diana Hanbury King and Helen Keller, and his "Big Gripe" about
Accommodations and modifications for college students
- Do colleges have to provide accommodations for disabled
students? Dr. Brown offers advice about dealing with colleges.