NCEO Synthesis Reports: Access to Computer-Based Testing for Students with Disabilities (#45)

Part of the NCEO Synthesis Reports series.
Author(s)
Sandra Thompson, Martha L Thurlow, Rachel F Quenemoen, Camilla Lehr

Description

This year 2002 report recommends a five step process for the transformation of paper and pencil tests to computer-based tests based on an overview of the opportunities and challenges of computer-based testing and a presentation of research findings and accommodation considerations. This process assumes that the principles of universally designed assessments have been followed and include the following five steps: (1) assemble a group of experts to guide the transformation, (2) decide how each accommodation will be incorporated into the computer-based test, (3) Consider each accommodation or assessment feature in light of the constructs being tested, (4) consider the feasibility of incorporating the accommodation into the computer-based test, and (5) consider training implications for staff and students. Authors also make initial considerations for common accommodations within the categories of timing/scheduling, presentation, response, and setting.

Details

Date
June 2002 
Type
Report 
Edition
Number 45
Publisher
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Topics

  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accessibility & Accommodations
      • Content Areas
        • Students with Disabilities
          • Technology-based Assessments
            • Test Design
              • Universal Design
              • Specific life stage
                • Adolescents and young adults
                  • Children