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From PEATC Press, Spring 1999

SOL Testing Accommodations

Standardized testing accommodations should be those that the student generally uses during classroom instruction and testing. Listed below are standard and nonstandard accommodations for the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). Consider each of the four areas below when developing IEPs or 504 plans. (Adapted from T/TAC Link Lines, February-March, 1999, The College of William & Mary).

Presentation Standard Nonstandard
Large print Y  
Magnifying glass Y  
Templates Y  
Mask or markers to maintain place Y  
Increased size of answer bubbles Y  
Increased spacing between items
or fewer items per page
Y  
Simplify (oral) directions Y  
Read directions to student Y  
Written directions Y  
Clarify directions Y  
Interpret directions
(signing, cued speech)
Y  
Amplification equipment Y  
Braille Y  
Reading test items to student
except for those on the SOL
English: Reading / Literature and Research tests
(see below)
Y  
Reading test items to student on the SOL
English: Reading / Literature and Research tests
  Y
Audio tape of test items except on the
SOL English: Reading / Literature and
Research tests
Y  
Audio tape of test items to student on the
SOL English: Reading / Literature and
Research tests
  Y
Interpreting (signing, cued speech) of
test items except on SOL English: Reading / Literature and
Research tests
Y  
Interpreting (signing, cued speech) of
test items on SOL English: Reading / Literature and
Research tests
  Y
Communication board/ pictorial representation Y  

 

Timing / Scheduling Standard Nonstandard
Time of day Y  
Breaks during test Y  
Multiple test sessions Y  
Change of order of tests Y  

 

Setting Standard Nonstandard
Preferential seating Y  
Small-group testing Y  
Individual testing Y  
Special lighting Y  
Adaptive or special furniture Y  
Location with minimal distractions Y  
Noise buffers Y  
Hospital/home Y  

 

Response Standard Nonstandard
Student marks booklet and teacher
transfers answers to answer sheet
Y  
Large pencil or special pencil grip Y  
Abacus or calculator Y  
Arithmetic tables Y  
Use calculator or arithmetic tables on
SOL grade 3 math and grade 5
computation tests
  Y
Verbal response and teacher marks
answer sheet
Y  
Braille answer form Y  
Augmentative communication device Y  
Word processor or typewriter Y  
Spell check Y  
Spelling dictionary Y  
Dictate to scribe on writing test   Y

NOTE: If a student passes SOL tests using nonstandard accommodations, they are considered to have fully passed the test

View the Guidelines SOL Assessment Program for Students with Disabilities document approved by the VA Board of Education 10/10/97.

For more information you may request a copy of Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia's State Assessment System, published in September 1998 by the VA Department of Education. Call 800-422-2083.



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