Accommodations are practices and procedures that provide equitable access to grade-level content. Accommodations are intended to reduce or eliminate the effects of a student’s disability or level of language acquisition; they do not reduce learning expectations. The accommodations provided to a student must be consistent for classroom instruction, classroom assessments, and district and state assessments. It is critical to note, that each assessment may have unique accommodation policies, therefore Educators should pay careful attention to assessment policies and what the assessment is trying to measure. Furthermore, although some accommodations may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate for use on a standardized assessment.
DPI has developed two draft documents that are intended to provide support in selecting, administering, and evaluating the effectiveness of accommodations used by students with disabilities and/or students who are English language learners.
- The Wisconsin Accommodations Guide for Students with Disabilities
- The Wisconsin Accommodations Guide for English Language Learners