Elementary and Secondary Education Act: NCLB

Accommodations are changes in testing materials or procedures that enable students to participate in assessments in a way that allows abilities to be assessed rather than disabilities. They are provided to "level the playing field." Without accommodations, the assessment may not accurately measure the student’s knowledge and skills.


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U.S. Department of Education - Home Page
No Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers: Student Assessment

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)  - Home Page
Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities
The Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities represents a collaborative effort between the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) to assist states in raising the achievement of all students with disabilities. This Tool Kit includes a set of papers titled Including Students With Disabilities in Large-Scale Assessments, with an executive summary and a glossary of terms, written by experts in large-scale assessments and the education of students with disabilities.

National Assessment Governing Board - Home page
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Nation’s Report Card
Reading 2009: Trial Urban District Assessment Results at Grades 4 and 8

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) - Home page
Assessment and Accommodations

Project FORUM at NASDSE - Hone Page
Reporting on State Assessment Data for Students with Disabilities:. Synthesis of the 2007 NCEO Report
Subgroup Size - Confidentiality and Statistical Reliability

IDEA Partnership Organizations IDEA Partnership Organizations


Council of Chief State School Officers - Home Page

State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS)
The State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) System was created in 1991 by the Council to encourage and facilitate state collaboration on assessment development and implementation issues. The goal is to develop and implement high standards and valid assessment systems that maximize educational achievement for all children.
Accountability Systems and Reporting (ASR)
Assessing Special Education Students (ASES)
Career and Tech/Ed Assessment Collaborative (CTAC)
Comprehensive Assessment Systems (CAS)
Early Childhood Education Assessment (ECEA)
English Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
English Language Learners (ELL)
Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST)

Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP)
Implementing the Common Core System (ICCS)
Leveraging Item Banks (LIB)
Science Education Assessment (SCIENCE)
Social Sciences Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
Survey of Enacted Curriculum (SEC)
Technical Issues in Large-Scale Assessment (TILSA)
Technology Enhanced Assessment (TEA)

Education Commission of the States - Home Page
Assessment Accommodations - Issues site
Recent State Policies/Activities: Assessment--Accommodations
ECS Report to the Nation:
State Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, Indicator 1 and Appendix A: Recommended Actions

National Education Association - Home Page
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)/ESEA
issue site on  Assessment and Accountability
Executive Summary of Report
Assessment and Accountability for Improving Schools and Learning: Principles and Recommendations for Federal Law and State and Local Systems Expert Panel on Assessment Convened by the Forum on Educational Accountability June 2007
IDEA AND ESEA: Intersection of Access and Outcomes
NEA IDEA Brief #1: NEA members ask: Why is the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) important to me?
NEA 'IDEA Brief' #2: NEA members ask: What testing is allowed under the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/NCLB) for students with disabilities?

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - Home Page
State Testing Accommodations: A Look at Their Value and Validity
Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities