Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3rd ed.)

The Council of Chief State School Officers’ Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities was first developed to establish guidelines for states to use for the selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations for instruction and assessment of students with disabilities. The first and second editions represent the best thinking about accommodations at the time they were written. This third edition of the Accommodations Manual represents an update of the previous editions. With Race to the Top (RTTT) initiatives, many states have joined consortia to work together on common assessment systems using technology-based testing platforms. New policy and implementation issues with regard to accommodations for students with disabilities necessitate a revision to this manual. Throughout this edition of the Accommodations Manual, attention has been given to addressing issues related to providing accommodations on technology-based platforms. Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities represents the best thinking of 2011. We continue to learn more about the effective education of students with disabilities every day, and we expect these materials to evolve and improve every year.

Content Comments 

The content of this resource will be very valuable in terms of meeting the needs of students with disabilities. It gives a thorough overview of issues around accommodations, with some helpful tools at the end. It is very long but the information is all useful. It seems very relevant. To note though, it addresses the need for educators to be knowledgeable of the standards when determining accommodations, but this is in relation to any standards, not just the CCSS. If educators follow the information in this guidance document, it should have a positive impact on students with disabilities.