Rickey, K. M. (2005). Assessment accommodations for students with disabilities: A description of the decision-making process, perspectives of those affected, and current practices (Publication No. 3202960) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Iowa]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Dissertation

Rickey, K. M. (2005). Assessment accommodations for students with disabilities: A description of the decision-making process, perspectives of those affected, and current practices (Publication No. 3202960) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Iowa]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Notes

UMI# 3202960 University of Iowa

Tags

Disabilities Not Specified; Middle school; Multiple accommodations; No age; No disability; U.S. context

Summary

Accommodation

This study sought information regarding the awareness, attitudes, knowledge, and skills of those responsible for implementing accommodations use on statewide assessments. 

Participants

The study was a multiple-case study design using three schools with exemplary practices in providing testing accommodations. The members from a total of nine IEP teams, including nine students with (unspecified) disabilities, participated from three junior high schools or middle schools in a state in the Midwest (U.S.).

Dependent Variable

Data were collected from multiple sources, including individual interviews, document analyses, and observations.

Findings

Little discussion of accommodations occurred, rather, accommodations were listed and accepted. The special education teacher was recognized by all groups as the person most responsible for suggesting accommodations. Factors considered most frequently when making accommodations decisions were previous accommodations and the desire to reduce stress and anxiety. Classroom accommodations were only loosely connected to decision making. District and state guidelines and training in the use of accommodations was lacking, and participants were generally unable to cite guidelines. Limitations of the study were reported, and future research possibilities were suggested.