Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Test accommodations and standardized assessment for students with learning disabilities who are second language learners
by One Feather, Monica, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2010, 122; 3423834
Abstract (Summary)

Federal mandates require that all students participate in large-scale assessments. A population of students with learning disabilities and who are second language learners are emerging within the schools. The purpose of this descriptive study was to gain additional knowledge about accommodation use by determining what accommodations were provided and whether the accommodations used were related to student achievement. Information was collected on accommodation use by 6th and 7th grade students who participated in a large-scale assessment. A post hoc data analysis was conducted to investigate accommodation use during the AIMS-DPA reading assessment. A questionnaire completed by teachers provided additional data on accommodations use by English language learners. In this descriptive study, the frequency data indicated the type and number of accommodations received and any relation to reading scores. The collected data indicated a high percentage of accommodations were provided to English language learners, who have learning disabilities in 6 th grade than 7th grade. A higher number of non-linguistic accommodations were provided than language-related accommodations. Language-related accommodations were provided more frequently to 6th grade students. Analyses indicated that reading performance and accommodations were not significantly related. Students who were identified with a learning disability and who were second language learners had the lowest reading scores among the student groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Erin, Jane, Liaupsin, Carl
Commitee: Shaw, Linda
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Special Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Foreign Language, Special education
Keywords: Accommodations, Assessment, English language learners, Learning disabilities, Second language learners
Publication Number: 3423834
ISBN: 978-1-124-25026-7
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