PARA Accessible Reading Assessment Reports: Accommodations for State Reading Assessments: Policies Across the Nation


A report summarizing accommodation policies for the content area of reading. Because of the increase in the use of computer-based assessments, the authors also examined whether reading assessment policies varied as a function of test format. Two research questions are addressed in this report: (1) What did state accommodation policies specify for individual accommodations on state reading assessments? And (2) Did different formats (computer vs. paper and pencil) have different accommodations policies for state reading assessments? This analysis of states' accommodation policies for their reading assessments indicates the importance of understanding the intended constructs to be assessed by the state reading assessment. Policies indicate that there are different perspectives on the constructs, and that further explication of the content to be assessed would be beneficial.


September 2011 
Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA)
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Literacy
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accessibility & Accommodations