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Instructional Accommodations for a Student with a Disability

How Does the Use of Accommodations Impact Student Performance?

Accommodations can help students overcome or minimize the barriers presented by their disabilities—which is why federal law requires their use when necessary. (Elliott, Kratochwill, & Schulte, 1999; McDonnell, McLaughlin, & Morison, 1997; Pitoniak & Royer, 2001)

In their article, “Assessment & Accommodations”, published by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), Dr. Stephen Luke and Dr. Amanda Schwartz discuss the potential impact accommodations have when used by students with a disability. (Evidence for Education Vol. II Issue I 2007

Accommodations play an important role in educational settings….particularly for students whose disabilities interfere with performing learning task (such as reading a book, taking notes in class, or writing an essay) or testing tasks (such as getting through the items within the time limit or filling in the circles on a multiple-choice test). A critical part of teaching and assessing students with disabilities, then, is providing them with accommodations that support learning and that support their ability to show what they know and can do.”

It is the goal of this office to provide educators and administrators current information and resources in the areas of instructional accommodations and assessment for students with a disability. Please visit this webpage frequently to take advantage of state guidance documents, professional development training opportunities and other resources designed to support all students with a documented need, including students with a disability.


2013-2014 Colorado Accommodations Manual


Professional Development Related to Accommodations

Name of TrainingDateLocationRegistrationHandouts
Essential Components of Differentiated InstructionAugust, 2013NA NA PowerPoint 


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