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NAEP Participation/Inclusion

NAEP assesses a representative sample of all students selected as a part of its sampling process. In all NAEP schools, accommodations are provided as necessary for students with disabilities (SD) and English language learners (ELL).The accommodations are available to students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifically requires them. Because some ELL students do not have an IEP, decisions about accommodations for these students are typically made by knowledgeable school staff.

The NAEP program has established procedures to include as many students with disabilities (SD) and English language learners (ELLs) as possible in the assessments. School staff make the decisions about whether to include an SD or ELL student in a NAEP assessment, and which testing accommodations, if any, they should receive.

School staff who are familiar with these students are asked a series of questions to help them decide whether each student should participate in the assessment and whether the student needs accommodations.

Inclusion in NAEP of an SD or ELL student is encouraged if that student (a) participated in the regular state academic assessment in the subject being tested, and (b) if that student can participate in NAEP with the accommodations NAEP allows. Even if the student did not participate in the regular state assessment, or if he/she needs accommodations NAEP does not allow, school staff are asked whether that student could participate in NAEP with the allowable accommodations.

A listing of the accommodations allowed on NAEP are presented below.

Accommodations for Students with DisabilitiesMathReadingScience
Has directions read aloud/repeated in English or receives assistance to understand directions1 yesyesyes
Has directions only signedyesyesyes
Has test items signedyesnoyes
Has occasional words or phrases read aloudyesnoyes
Has all or most of the test materials read aloudyesnoyes
Uses a Braille version of the testyesyesyes
Uses a large-print version of the testyesyesyes
Uses magnifying equipmentyesyesyes
Responds in sign languageyesyesyes
Uses a Braille typewriter to respondyesyesyes
Points to answers or responds orally to a scribeyesyesyes
Tape records answersnonono
Uses a computer or typewriter to respond—no spell/grammar check allowedyesyesyes
Uses a template to respondyesyesyes
Uses large marking pen or special writing toolyesyesyes
Writes directly in test booklet1yesyesyes
Takes the test in small group (5 or fewer)yesyesyes
Takes the test one-on-oneyesyesyes
Takes the test in a study carrelyesyesyes
Receives preferential seating, special lighting, or furnitureyesyesyes
Has test administered by a familiar personyesyesyes
Receives extended timeyesyesyes
Is given breaks during the testyesyesyes
Takes test session over several daysnonono
Uses a calculator, including talking or Braille calculator, for computation tasksnonono
Uses an abacus, arithmetic tables, graph papernonono
Uses dictionary, thesaurus, or spelling and grammar-checking software or devicesnonono

Accommodations for English Language LearnersMathReadingScience
Has directions read aloud/repeated in English or receives assistance to understand directions1yesyesyes
Has directions only read aloud in native languageyesnoyes
Has test materials read aloud in native languageyesnoyes
Uses a bilingual version of the booklet (Spanish/English only)yesnoyes
Uses a bilingual word-for-word dictionary without definitionsyesnoyes
Has occasional words or phrases read aloud in Englishyesnoyes
Has all or most of the test materials read aloud in Englishyesnoyes
Has oral or written responses in native language translated into written Englishnonono
Takes the test in small group (5 or fewer)yesyesyes
Takes the test one-on-oneyesyesyes
Receives preferential seatingyesyesyes
Has test administered by familiar personyesyesyes
Receives extended timeyesyesyes
Is given breaks during the testyesyesyes
Takes test session over several daysnonono

1: Accommodations that are standard NAEP practice, and so are not considered as accommodations.

NAEP allows most accommodations students receive on the Maryland state tests with the exception of the following:

NAEP DOES NOT ALLOW:

  • Test questions read aloud (verbatim reading) or signed for the reading assessment.
  • Tests taken over several days.
  • The use of a calculator for computation tasks in a booklet or section that does not require one including talking or Braille calculators.
  • The use of a dictionary, thesaurus, or spelling and grammar checking software or devices.
  • Some visual organizers such as graph paper or templates.