Providing Testing Accommodations
Students registered with the Disability Resource Center who are eligible to receive testing accommodations can receive these accommodations directly from their instructors. Following are a few answers to questions you as instructors may have when assisting students with test accommodations in the department.
- How do I know what test accommodations to provide?
- Students, approved for test accommodations, should provide you with a letter from the Disability Resource Center indicating the testing accommodations needed. Test accommodations may include but are not limited to: extended time, low distraction environment or private room, use of a computer, large print, scribe or reader. Specific accommodations are specified in the letter.
- What constitutes a low distraction environment?
- A low distraction environment is a testing locale with minimal interruptions and limited noise. Smaller classrooms with few students or a quiet office would be suitable. It is important to discuss the proposed testing environment with the student in order to determine the appropriateness of the testing environment. Some suggestions are: quiet room or office, schedule student's test when appropriate room is available.
- Should I contact the Disability Resource Center if I am providing the test accommodations in my classroom?
- It is not necessary for the instructor to contact the Disability Resource Center if providing test accommodations within the department nor is it necessary to complete the Testing Accommodations forms.
NOTE: The Disability Resource Center does not expect you to change course guidelines or standards. The purpose of accommodations is to ensure equal educational opportunity.
Please contact the Disability Resource Center at 542-8719 if you have any questions or concerns about providing test accommodations. The student's Disability Coordinator or the Testing Coordinator can provide assistance.