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Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners

Author(s)Christensen, L., Shyyan, V., Schuster, T., Mahaley, P., and Saez, S.
Publication dateSeptember 2012
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The Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners presents a five-step process for general and ESL/bilingual teachers, administrators, and assessment staff to use in selecting, administering, and evaluating the effectiveness of the use of instructional and assessment accommodations by English language learners.

The guidance in this manual applies to English language learners who participate in large-scale assessments and the instruction they receive. The five steps are:

  1. Expect English language learners to achieve grade-level academic content standards.
  2. Learn about accommodations for instruction and assessment.
  3. Select accommodations for instruction and assessment of individual students.
  4. Administer accommodations during instruction and assessment.
  5. Evaluate and improve accommodation use.