Research on Computer Based Accommodations

Special educators may be interested in this study of student attitudes towards computer-based oral administration of tests: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/arra/cteag_lessons_learned.pdf

Pages 10 and 11 contain some very interesting findings. Some highlights:

  • 75.1% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “I found it easier to think on the computer test than a paper and pencil test” compared to 65.2% of students without disabilities.
  • 86.5% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “It was easy to have words read to me” compared to 78.4% of students without disabilities.
  • 73.6% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement:“I found it easy to think when listening to the computer text reader compared to 58.3% of students without disabilities.

Food for thought for educators having conversations about implementing the Standardized Oral Administration on this year’s STAAR test. For more information on that accommodation, visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/soa/

For an in-depth look at these options, share the SOA webinars on the Region 13 webinars page: http://www4.esc13.net/agc/webinars/

For specific assistance on planning and implementing the SOA student tutorial, contact the Region 13 Access to the General Curriculum team:

jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net
kim.west@esc13.txed.net
matthew.holloway@esc13.txed.net

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