Journal article

The changing landscape of assessment and accommodation policies


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Accessibility, Compliance, & Equity, Aug-Oct 2019, 72-77.

By: Elizabeth Barker


Educational assessments must include accommodations in the pursuit of accessibility for all, but the development and drive for accommodations on assessments is everchanging, like a boat drifting between two ports. It seems when accommodations “make shore,” they seem to sit in a unique spot with assessments, like an ecotone of sorts. Accommodations are adopted, but feel transitional, and therefore rarely seem like an organic and fully equal part of an assessment. And then public or industry expectations can change, new technology can arise, and accommodations can drift in a new direction. Let’s review the accommodations landscape— discover the past, highlight our present progress, and uncover new areas to explore.

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