Accommodations allow a disabled student to complete the same tests and assignments as his/her non-disabled peers, but with changes in timing, formatting, setting, scheduling, response and/or presentation. Accommodations are intended to minimize or even eliminate the effects of the student’s disability. In essence, they level the playing field so a disabled student is given more equal footing with his non-disabled peers.
Accommodations are available to a student who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Specific accommodations are chosen to meet each student’s individual needs and are determined by the IEP Team. Whenever possible, it is important to ask the student which accommodations would be helpful, and to include him/her in the discussion.
You can learn about accommodations used in the State of Maryland in the Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, Accommodations Policy Manual.
Accommodations are commonly categorized in the following three ways:
Presentation Accommodations, see page 4-25 in the MSDE Accommodations Manual
Response Accommodations, see page 4-38 in the MSDE Accommodations Manual
Timing and Scheduling Accommodations, see page 4-55 in the MSDE Accommodations Manual
You can also find a list of accommodations available in the Maryland IEP at http://olms.cte.jhu.edu//olms2/data/ck/sites/3915/files/IEP_Form_July_1_2018_Final_06152018.pdf