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Testing accommodations are commonly defined as a change in the way that a test is administered or responded to by the student tested and are intended to "correct" for distortions in scores caused by a disability. Some examples of accommodations are providing students extra time to complete the assessment; giving the test in an isolated room or providing accessible furniture; allowing oral responses to replace written responses; and providing assessment in large print or changing the language or mode of presentation. Often these accommodations are provided in various combinations, sometimes called "packages." Accommodations are meant to reduce the impediments facing students with disabilities so that when they take assessments they may fully show what they know and can do.

Source: ("Testing accommodations can help students," 2000 WCER Highlights, Fall 1999, Vol. 3.


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