Solano-Flores, G., Wang, C., Kachchaf, R., Soltero-Gonzalez, L., & Nguyen-Le, K. (2014). Developing testing accommodations for English language learners: illustrations as visual supports for item accessibility. Educational Assessment , 19 (4), 267–283. doi:10.1080/10627197.2014.964116

Journal Article

Solano-Flores, G., Wang, C., Kachchaf, R., Soltero-Gonzalez, L., & Nguyen-Le, K. (2014). Developing testing accommodations for English language learners: illustrations as visual supports for item accessibility. Educational Assessment, 19(4), 267–283. doi:10.1080/10627197.2014.964116

Tags

Other Accommodation Type; Spanish Speakers

Summary

Accommodation

illustrations

Participants

Grade 8 students in inner-city public middle schools in midwestern states within the U.S.

Findings

The illustration accommodation in this study used with English language learners (ELLs) and non-ELLs for a science assessment did not significantly impact performance of either group during the assessment. The authors discuss possible cognitive explanations for this finding, how to improve the quality of vignette illustrations as an accommodation, and suggest this as an area for further research.