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Accommodations Professional Development Guide

Author(s)Sandra Hopfengardner Warren
Publication dateAugust 2005
publication pdfProfessional Development Guide

This provides a foundation and context for the use of accommodations by students with disabilities. When students have engaged in standards-based instruction with support provided through special education services and strategies, they will be able to show what they have learned on state assessments. For some students, this access to instruction and assessments is attained through the use of accommodations. Accommodations change the way a student accesses instruction and assessment, without changing the actual standards a student is working toward. The goal is to find a balance that gives students equal access to instruction and assessment without changing, modifying, or "watering down" the content or expected outcomes.