Reviewing and Documenting Accommodation Policies

edCount reviewed the Puerto Rico Department of Education's (PRDE) implementation of its accommodation policy to ensure that all students who take the island's general assessment (the PPAA) have the best opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do.

edCount researchers conducted reviews in more than 40 schools to evaluate 1) alignment between students' instructional accommodations with their assessment accommodations, and 2) alignment between the accommodations students are assigned for assessments, and the accommodations students actually receive. edCount conducted a literature review about the use and effectiveness of certain accommodations for students with disabilities and language minority students, and compared PRDE's uses of accommodations with uses by other state education agencies.