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 Article of Interest - Testing Accommodations & Modifications

MEAP Accommodations

from The Assist, April 2003

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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.  Keep in mind that some accommodations are considered “standard” while others are considered “nonstandard.” Why does it matter?  Because when nonstandard accommodations are used, the student’s score is NOT eligible for Merit Awards or endorsements.  In addition, the student's score will count as a zero or "not proficient" in Adequate Yearly Progress calculations. OSE/EIS wants to make sure that IEP Teams are fully aware of these ramifications.

Also remember that READERS, AUDIOTAPES, and SIGNING ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED STANDARD ACCOMMODATIONS for the reading component of the English Language Arts MEAP assessment. This change went into effect in the 2002/2003 school year. The article below provides a full listing of both standard and nonstandard accommodations, which IEP Teams may want to refer to during their team meetings. This list also can be obtained on the MDE web site and in the Draft Guidelines for Determining
Participation in State Assessment for Students with Disabilities.

As indicated in the MEAP Coordinator Manual, all questions related to assessment accommodations for students with disabilities should be e-mailed to Peggy Dutcher, Coordinator, State Assessment for Students with Disabilities, at



• Provision of additional testing time
• Allowance of frequent or extended supervised breaks
• Administration of the test at a time most beneficial to the student, with appropriate supervision by a school district professional

• Provision for test administration at home or in a care facility with appropriate supervision by a school district professional
• Provision for distraction-free space or alternate location (e.g., study carrel, front of classroom)

The following test accommodations will be considered “standard accommodations” for Michigan Merit Award purposes.

• Placement of student where he/she is most comfortable (e.g., front of room, back of room)
• Administration of test in a special education classroom
• Provision for individual test administration (supervised)
• Provision of special lighting
• Provision of adaptive or special furniture
• Provision for freedom to move, stand or pace during an individualized test administration
• Provision of special acoustics
• Provision for test administration in a small group
• Provision of soft, calming music to minimize distractions
• Placement of teacher/proctor near student

Assistance with Test Directions

• Reading directions to student
• Re-reading of directions for each subtask, as required
• Use of directions that have been highlighted
• Simplification of language in directions (paraphrase)
• Emphasis on verbs in directions
• Provision for student restatement of directions in his/her own words
• Use of sign language or oral interpreters for directions and sample items
• Clarification of directions by asking students to restate them Assistance During Assessment
• Administration of test by special education teacher or similarly qualified person
• Reading of assessment content and questions to student (except for the reading test)
• Signing of assessment content and questions to student (except for the reading test)
• Use of page-turner
• Recording of student responses (writing or audiotape)

Equipment and Assistive Technology

• Use of talking calculator (mathematics test only)
• User of sign language to indicate student response, except for constructed response items • Use of text-talk converter (except for the reading test)
• Use of visual magnification devices
• Use of auditory amplification devices
• Use of masks, overlays or markers to maintain place
• Use of tape recorder for use of audiotape version of tests (except for the reading test)
• Use of Braille writer for recording responses
• Use of communications device to indicate responses
• Use of calculator (mathematics assessments only)
• Use of rulers as provided by Michigan Educational Assessment Program
• Use of pencils adapted in size or grip
• Use of list of formulae as provided by Michigan Educational Assessment Program
• Use of noise buffers
• Use of computer or word processing equipment (spell check, thesaurus and grammar check must be disabled)
• Use of bilingual translation dictionary
• Use of Braille ruler
• Use of acetate colored shield to reduce glare and increase contrast
• Use of voice-activated word processor (except for writing assessment)
• Use of devices or equipment to secure paper to desk

Test Format

• Use of lined or grid paper for recording answers
• Provision of Braille or large print editions of the assessments
• Permission to mark answers in test booklet, to be transferred to answer document by teacher or proctor
• Use of computer for task presentation
• Communication of test questions by audiotape (except for the reading test)
• Use of scribe for constructed response items (student must indicate punctuation and spell all key words)
• Permission to accomplish subtests in different order

Accommodations not on this list will be considered “nonstandard,” and MEAP test scores accomplished by use of nonstandard accommodations will not be considered eligible scores for Michigan Merit Award purposes. Examples of such nonstandard accommodations would include the following:


• Any accommodation not included as a standard accommodation that violates the Michigan Merit Award Test Administration Ethics Procedure
• Use of a calculator on any MEAP assessment other than mathematics assessments
• Use of electronic spell checkers, thesaurus or grammar check
• Use of a dictionary, thesaurus or spelling book for mathematics, science, social studies or reading assessments
• Any test administration not directly supervised by a school district professional

Accommodations not included on the Standard Accommodations list, which, in the opinion of school officials, parents, teachers, or other interested parties, do not violate the MEAP Test Administration Ethics policy and do not interfere with the intent of the assessments, may be approved by the Michigan Merit Award executive director, pending review by the Michigan Merit Award Board.

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