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Accommodations and Modifications



Accommodations are changes in how a student accesses the curriculum and demonstrates learning.  Accommodations do not reduce learning expectations, rather, they reduce or eliminate the effects of their disability. 

Timing/Scheduling Accommodations:

Change the length of time for assignments, projects and tests to be completed.

  • Extended time on tasks (tests, homework, etc.)
  • Scheduled breaks

Setting Accommodations:

Change the location in which instruction is given or the conditions of the setting.

  • Preferential seating in order to reduce distractions
  • Student takes a test or works on an assignment in a small group setting

Presentation Accommodations:

Allows students to access instructional materials in ways that do not require them to visually read standard print. These alternate modes of access include visual, tactile, auditory, and a combination of visual and auditory.

  • Audiobooks
  • Visual cues, prompts and schedules
  • Braille
  • Large print

Response Accommodations:

Allows students to record or organize their work using alternative materials or assistive technology.

  • Scribe
  • Graphic organizer
  • Calculator
  • Note-taker
  • Speech-to-text software



Modifications change the material, program, standard or curriculum so that the student is able to participate in a meaningful way alongside their peers. 


  • Separate test/quiz
  • Alternative books
  • Shortened spelling test
  • Pass/Fail Grade
  • Grade based on effort
  • Alternative assignment