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. Please carefully consider the accommodations given to students during instruction, so that accommodations are as consistent as possible between the classroom and assessments.
Standard Accommodations for Special Needs Homeschool Testing
The following accommodations may be used with any student.
- 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
Scribes, educational assistants, and other people supporting a student during testing must be neutral in responding to the student during test administration. Assistance in test administration must not lead a student to the correct answer. The student’s response must accurately represent the student’s own choice.
- Assign a scribe to record responses
- Dictate responses to a scribe
- Point to responses for a scribe
- Respond in native language
- 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
- Administer test over multiple sessions in a day
- Administer test over a number of days (requires special arrangements with Affordable Homeschool Testing Services LLC)
- 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
Materials or Devices Accommodations
- Provide scratch paper
- Provide a comparable calculator when a student is unable to access the on-screen calculator given in a question
- Provide a drink during testing
- Provide a snack during testing
Accommodations that have the potential to bias the student’s test score are considered non-standard, and they require special consideration. Examples 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, Affordable Homeschool Testing Services LLC 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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