Jarvis, K. (1997). Leveling the playing field: A comparison of scores of college students with and without learning disabilties on classroom tests . (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 415 261).

Report

Jarvis, K. (1997). Leveling the playing field: A comparison of scores of college students with and without learning disabilties on classroom tests. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 415 261).

Tags

Extended time; Format; Learning disabilities; Multiple content; Postsecondary

Summary

Accommodation

All students completed four tests, two under standard administration, and two under extended time conditions (as much time as each student needed).

Participants

Students with learning disabilities (32) and without learning disabilities (89) at a private college participated.

Dependent Variable

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.

Findings

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.