Test Accommodations – General Information
Federal legislation, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Florida statutes require that students with disabilities participate in the statewide testing program and be afforded appropriate accommodations in instruction and assessment. All determinations regarding participation in the statewide assessment program and need for classroom and testing accommodations must be documented in the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan.
It is important to note that students enrolled in public schools whose parents have declined an IEP or Section 504 Plan are not eligible for accommodations.
The IEP or Section 504 Plan team makes decisions about accommodations for an individual student. The following guidelines are recommended for making decisions about accommodations for statewide assessments:
1. 1. Accommodations should facilitate an accurate demonstration of what the student knows or can do.
2. 2. Accommodations should not provide the student with an unfair advantage or interfere with the validity of a test; accommodations must not change the underlying skills that are being measured by the test.
3. 3. Accommodations must be the same or nearly the same as those needed and used by the student in completing classroom instruction and assessment activities.
4. 4. Accommodations must be necessary for enabling the student to demonstrate knowledge, ability, skill or mastery.