It is hard to believe that for many of us end-of-grade testing is just around the corner. This can be a very difficult time for students, parents, and teachers alike. If you have a student with ADHD, you know this can be an especially stressful time. Many students with ADHD struggle with testing for a variety of reasons; distractibility, anxiety, sleepiness, impulsivity, and carelessness, just to name a few.
Most of these students are highly intelligent, but their poor test results seldom indicate this. However, there are some accommodations that can help your student really show what they know!
Selecting appropriate accommodations for students with ADHD in order to equally and successfully participate in testing is an essential component of developing a students Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Testing accommodations must be identified in the students Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 plan and used regularly during instruction and similar classroom assessments.
The IEP team or Section 504 committee are responsible to determine the accommodations. However, parents are given an opportunity to review and discuss these accommodations during meetings. The state-approved testing accommodations must be considered as well.
Some of the most frequently used accommodations on EOG (End of Grade) Testing include:
1. Scheduled Extended Time
2. Testing in a Separate Room
3. Extended Test Time
4. Student Marks Answers in Test Book
5. Multiple Testing Sessions
There are certain cognitive skills that students need in order to be successful during test taking. Some of these sills include:
Read about Max, a 16-year-old Play Attention student, who discovered how Play Attention could help him with test taking!
There are many test taking tips that cannot be written into an IEP or 504. Additude Magazine provides additional test taking tips you may want to teach your student. View here.