What are test accommodations and how are they implemented?

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Test accommodations are changes in testing procedures or formats that enable students with disabilities to participate in state and district testing programs. The individual student’s Special Education TEAM determines if a student's disability needs to be accommodated during testing and indicates the accommodations on the student's IEP. Examples of accommodations include more time to complete tests; administering tests in separate locations; large print editions of tests; reading directions aloud to students; permitting use of a calculator, and others. If an IEP calls for a test accommodation, it should be provided for all tests, quizzes and examinations. The building principal has direct responsibility for ensuring that test accommodations on the student's IEP are fully and consistently implemented.