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koppenhaverd
writing assessment modifications
Wed Jun 17, 2015 14:50
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You're all dead right here. If the test is not a test of writing, any reasonable accommodation should be allowed: verbal response, multiple choice, etc. Coordination of IEP team and referencing child's folder should let you know what accommodations might work or have worked in past.

You also know from this class the problem of asking questions as a way to check knowledge. Cloze, yes/no, etc are reasonable accommodations. Some students with ASD do better if you write the questions out and leave them for the student's reference.

Finally, schools have gotten the testing and evaluation thing wrong for years. I got a C in Art because I didn't behave, not because I wasn't artistic. Two of my sons got low grades in music because they talked too much, not because they couldn't sing well. Writing assessments of content knowledge are a problem for students who don't write well but understand content. An even greater issue is "performance on demand" - timed tests, show me what you know right here and now. Students with ASD are notoriously poor performers in such circumstances.

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    • RE: Writing Assessments - hildebranak, Sat Jun 20 18:29
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    • Re: Writing Assessments - Molly Smith, Wed Jun 17 22:57
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    • writing assessment modifications - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 17 14:50
      • Re: Modifications Q? - McKenzi Davis, Wed Jun 17 16:47
        Dr. Koppenhaver, As never having a disability I have never had to go through testing modifications, or really any major modifications (to my knowledge) of any sort I was wondering how modifications... more
        • re: modifications - koppenhaverd, Thu Jun 18 10:56
          You special education majors know far more about this than I do. As far as I know if a child's IEP lays out modifications, the child has a legal right to them in class and during any testing. Some... more
        • good question - Megan Rembert, Thu Jun 18 06:35
          I know for a student I had in 3rd grade, he had on his IEP a modification for writing saying that if he got frustrated, he could have a scribe write for him and I think this was true for anything he... more
        • McKenzie Reply-Modifications - Rebecca McVey, Wed Jun 17 22:56
          McKenzie, to my knowledge, students by law MUST receive any modifications listed in their IEP. This applies for tests as informal as unit tests in then classroom to as formal as an EOG or another... more
          • I Heard.... - Jean Milton, Thu Jun 18 22:00
            When I was doing an assignment that required a records review I noticed that one of the students had large print and read aloud on all of their testing. I put that in the back of my mind until I sat... more
          • Re - McKenzi Davis, Thu Jun 18 09:48
            I have never seen or been aware of any modifications that were made for any students on test days so I cannot address your question. But, what a shame for students to have modifications and not... more
        • Mistake in previous post Re: Q? - McKenzi Davis, Wed Jun 17 16:48
          I meant would the student follow the modifications of the IEP?
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    • Re: Writing Assessments - McKenzi Davis, Tue Jun 16 17:15
      I think that writing assessments can be modified in some instances for students that struggle with writing so that they have the same opportunity for success as other students. As long as the... more
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