Scheduling: Over Several Days
Types of Assessment |
A common accommodation is to administer the test in several sessions over several days. For example, a teacher may give one subtest on Monday and another on Tues- day, rather than giving it in its entirety on Monday. Or, the teacher may give the test on a specific day.
Generally, students who require this accommodation take the test in a separate set- ting so they will not distract other students - and so they will not be distracted.
- Review a calendar to determine the schedule for the test. The key is to meet the student's needs while not significantly interrupting the sequence of the test. A reasonable place to stop an assessment for the day is at the end of a subtest.
- Some experts caution against interrupting a subtest at all, so it is wise to check with your district before providing that as an option.
- Share the schedule with the student and his or her family.
- Make sure you have not scheduled testing times that conflict with important classroom instruction or with activities that are of high interest to the student (e.g., the student will miss a field trip).
A student who must take a test over several days may experience a decline in motivation. Student absenteeism also may become a factor if several days of testing are scheduled.
Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.
Provided in partnership with The Council for Exceptional Children.
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