Demystifying Statewide Standardized Assessments: Making Assessments Accessible for Students With Disabilities and English Learners
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Students with disabilities and English learners may receive changes to the test administration so they can show what they know and can do. Tests also offer universal supports that are available to all students.
- States and districts are required to provide students with disabilities and English learners appropriate accommodations on assessments.
- Accommodations are changes to the testing experience that do not interfere with what is being measured and are provided to ensure all students can show what they know and can do.
- Test developers offer universal tools (e.g., digital notepads) that are available to all students to make an assessment more accessible.