Jarvis, K. (1997). Leveling the playing field: A comparison of scores of college students with and without learning disabilities on classroom tests . (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 415 261).
All students completed four tests, two under standard administration, and two under extended time conditions (as much time as each student needed).
Students with learning disabilities (32) and without learning disabilities (89) at a private college participated.
Four non-standardized college tests in multiple-choice and short answer format were used (maximum score of 100 points for each test). College courses that were studied included Organizational Behavior, Principles of Marketing, Small Business Management, and Introduction to Hospitality Management.
Providing extended time benefited all students, but this accommodation specifically contributed to an increase in scores for learning disabled students, to the extent that their scores increased to the level of nondisabled students who were tested routinely. Results suggest that extended time did level the playing field for students with learning disabilities.