The adaptive nature of MAP® GrowthTM and MAP Growth K–2 assessments makes them appropriate for students with a wide range of skills and needs, including special needs homeschool testing. For those students who need accommodations, use the following guidelines. To best measure growth, we recommend being consistent in the accommodations you offer and how you provide them.
Standard Accommodations for Special Needs Homeschool Testing
The following accommodations may be used with any student.
Help Allowed to Understand the Question
- Simplify or clarify directions; for example, clarifying the location of the Next button
- Use visual magnification devices or software (for example, MAP Growth is compatible with ZoomText Magnifier 9.1 or MAGic 11)
- Use auditory amplification devices, noise buffers, or software
- Use masks to block a portion of the screen; for example, the student may use a sticky note, index card, or a blank sheet of paper to move down the screen as he or she is reading
- Read or reread aloud the test directions
- Read or reread aloud the test questions for math, science, or language usage tests only
- Students with dyslexia or similar reading challenges may use the text-to-speech feature to have the test read to them automatically.
- Define or explain the questions, answers or passages
- Pronounce or explain math notation or symbols
Help Allowed to Enter Answers
The student’s response must accurately represent the student’s own choice. Any help in answering the question should be neutral and not impact the student’s answer or guide them toward a particular answer.
- An adult may scribe for the student (entering the student’s answer in the computer)
- Students may tell the scribe their answer
- Students may point to their answer for the scribe
- Students may give the scribe their answer in their native language
- Guide the student toward the correct answer or let them know if they answered correctly.
Help Allowed to Manage Distractions
- Test an individual student in a separate setting
- Test a small group of students in a separate setting
- Minimize distractions; for example, use a study carrel
Help Allowed for Timing/Schedule
- Administer test over multiple sessions in a day
- Administer test over a number of days (requires special arrangements with Homeschool Boss)
- Allow flexible schedule
- Extend time for testing (actually, all MAP Growth assessments are designed to be untimed for all students)
- Administer at time of day most beneficial to student
- Offer breaks
- Encourage students to take an excessive amount of time on the test. Most students should finish each subject in 45-60 minutes
Materials or Device Accommodations
- Provide scratch paper
- Provide a comparable calculator when a student is unable to access the on-screen calculator given in a question
- Allow the student to use a calculator on questions that don’t have an on-screen calculator
- Provide a drink during testing
- Provide a snack during testing
Non-standard Accommodations for Special Needs Homeschool Testing
- Accommodations that have the potential to bias the student’s test score are considered non-standard, and they require special consideration.
- Accommodations that are not allowed in most cases include:
- Native language translation
- Reading aloud the answer options
- Reading or translating any portion of the reading test
- Pronouncing symbols for math or science
- Defining words within the test question
- Using a calculator for questions that do not have an on-screen calculator
- Any other accommodations not listed above
- These examples may introduce potential bias and therefore alter the assessment. Bias can arise from differences in the way each person reads, translates, or pronounces. Also, from one question to the next, variation in tone and inflection may cue or miscue the student to a particular answer.
- What you can do: If circumstances necessitate non-standard accommodations (such as an Individualized Education Plan, 504 plan, English for Speakers of Other Languages program, or a student with comparable special needs), MAP Growth does not preclude you from making those accommodations, but as the test administrator, Homeschool Boss does require that non-standard accommodations be approved before testing. Please include your required accommodation when you make your testing appointment.
- Interpreting results: The greater the use of non-standard accommodations during the test’s administration, the weaker the validity of the inference that can be drawn from the student’s score. This qualification should be considered when interpreting test scores or using them to make important educational decisions.
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