Documenting support needs and adjustment gaps for students with disabilities: Teacher practices in Australian classrooms and on national tests

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Davies, Michael D., Elliott, Stephen N. and Cumming, Joy. (2016) Documenting support needs and adjustment gaps for students with disabilities: Teacher practices in Australian classrooms and on national tests. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 20(12), pp. 1252 - 1269. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2016.1159256
AuthorsDavies, Michael D., Elliott, Stephen N. and Cumming, Joy
Abstract

Accommodations or adjustments for students with disabilities (SWDs) who need them are required in Australian education law and policy for classroom instruction and assessment, and external educational accountability tests. Drawing upon the structure of the Assessment Accommodations Checklist and more than a decade of accessibility research, the Checklist of Learning and Assessment Adjustments for Students (CLAAS) was developed to help teachers select and document adjustments that support SWDs and students with additional needs in classroom instruction and assessment, and external tests. The CLAAS was trialled with 21 primary school teachers documenting adjustments for 89 students with diverse needs. Teachers indicated that the CLAAS provided a comprehensive list of adjustments, was useful for recording adjustments across classroom instruction and assessment, and external tests, and provided guidance about potential adjustments for SWDs or with additional learning needs. The documented adjustments also indicated some considerable gaps between supports provided in classrooms compared with the Australian educational accountability tests. Findings also provided initial evidence for the reliability and validity of use of the CLAAS for its intended purposes. The CLAAS is a promising tool for helping both researchers and teachers systematically document and provide equitable and inclusive adjustments for SWDs and additional learning needs given their needs for classroom learning, assessment and external testing and examination requirements.

Keywordsadjustments; accommodations; instruction; assessment; tests; NAPLAN; consistency; accessibility
Year2016
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Journal citation20 (12), pp. 1252 - 1269
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1360-3116
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2016.1159256
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84961393617
Page range1252 - 1269
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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Wyatt-Smith, Claire Maree, Cumming, Joy, Elkins, John and Colbert, Peta Jane. (2010) Assessment. In In D Pendergast and N Nahr (Ed.). Teaching middle years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment pp. 319 - 344 Allen & Unwin.
Investigating the validity and reliability of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education
Porter, Andrew, Polikoff, Morgan, Goldring, Ellen, Murphy, Joseph, Elliott, Stephen and May, Henry. (2010) Investigating the validity and reliability of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education. The Elementary School Journal. 111(2), pp. 282 - 313. https://doi.org/10.1086/656301
Convergent evidence scaling for multiple assessment indicators: conceptual issues, applications, and technical challenges
Busse, R. T., Elliott, Stephen and Kratochwill, Thomas R.. (2010) Convergent evidence scaling for multiple assessment indicators: conceptual issues, applications, and technical challenges. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 26(2), pp. 149 - 161. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377901003712728
Developing a psychometrically sound assessment of school leadership: the VAL-ED as a case study
Porter, Andrew, Polikoff, Morgan, Goldring, Ellen, Murphy, Joseph, Elliott, Stephen and May, Henry. (2010) Developing a psychometrically sound assessment of school leadership: the VAL-ED as a case study. Educational Administration Quarterly. 46(2), pp. 135 - 173. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094670510361747
Effects of using modified items to test students with persistent academic difficulties
Elliott, Stephen, Kettler, Ryan J., Beddow, Peter, Kurz, Alexander, Compton, Elizabeth, McGrath, Dawn, Bruen, Charles, Hinton, Kent, Palmer, Porter, Rodriguez, Michael C., Bolt, Daniel M. and Roach, Andrew T.. (2010) Effects of using modified items to test students with persistent academic difficulties. Exceptional Children. 76(4), pp. 475 - 495. https://doi.org/10.1177/001440291007600406
Introduction to the special issue on alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards: New policy, new practices, and persistent challenges
Kettler, Ryan J. and Elliott, Stephen. (2010) Introduction to the special issue on alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards: New policy, new practices, and persistent challenges. Peabody Journal of Education. 84(4), pp. 467 - 477. https://doi.org/10.1080/01619560903240814
Assessment accommodations for children with special needs
Kettler, Ryan and Elliott, Stephen. (2010) Assessment accommodations for children with special needs. In In P Peterson, E Baker and B McGaw (Ed.). pp. 530 - 536
The evaluation of principals: What and how do states and urban districts assess leadership?
Goldring, Ellen B., Cravens, Xiu, Murphy, Joseph, Porter, Andrew C., Elliott, Stephen and Carson, Becca. (2009) The evaluation of principals: What and how do states and urban districts assess leadership? The Elementary School Journal. 110(1), pp. 19 - 39. https://doi.org/10.1086/598841
Using academic enabler nominations and social behavior ratings to predict students performance level on Australia's national achievement test
Kettler, Ryan, Elliott, Stephen and Davies, Michael. (2009) Using academic enabler nominations and social behavior ratings to predict students performance level on Australia's national achievement test. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research 2009. United States of America: American Educational Research Association. pp. 1 - 11
The effects and perceived consequences of testing accommodations on math and science performance assessments
Elliott, Stephen, Kratochwill, Thomas R., McKevitt, Brian C. and Malecki, Christine Kerres. (2009) The effects and perceived consequences of testing accommodations on math and science performance assessments. School Psychology Quarterly. 24(4), pp. 224 - 239. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0018000
Prologue: An introduction to the evaluation of NAEP
Lane, Suzanne, Zumbo, B. D., Abedi, J., Benson, J., Dossey, J., Elliott, Stephen, Elliott, Stephen, Kane, M., Linn, R., Paredes-Ziker, C., Rodriguez, Michael C., Schraw, G., Slattery, J., Thomas, V. and Willhoft, J.. (2009) Prologue: An introduction to the evaluation of NAEP. Applied Measurement in Education. 22(4), pp. 309 - 316. https://doi.org/10.1080/08957340903221436
Establishment Clauses, Legislation and Private School Funding in the United States and Australia: Recent Trends
Cumming, Jacqueline Joy and Mawdsley, Ralph D.. (2009) Establishment Clauses, Legislation and Private School Funding in the United States and Australia: Recent Trends. International Journal of Law and Education.
Modifying achievement test items: A theory-guided and data-based approach for better measurement of what students with disabilities know
Kettler, Ryan J., Elliott, Stephen and Beddow, Peter. (2009) Modifying achievement test items: A theory-guided and data-based approach for better measurement of what students with disabilities know. Peabody Journal of Education. 84(4), pp. 529 - 551. https://doi.org/10.1080/01619560903240996
Research Brief
Lane, Kathleen Lynne, Kalberg, Jemma, Bruhn, Allison, Driscoll, Steven A., Wehby, Jospeh H., Elliott, Stephen and Elliott, Stephen. (2009) Research Brief. School Psychology Review. 38(1), pp. 135 - 144.
Framing assessment today for the future: Issues and challenges
Cumming, Joy and Wyatt-Smith, Claire Maree. (2009) Framing assessment today for the future: Issues and challenges. In In C. H. Ng and P. Renshaw (Ed.). Educational assessment in the 21st century: Connecting theory and practice pp. 1 - 16 Springer.
An examination of differential item functioning on the Vanderbilt assessment of leadership in education
Polikoff, Morgan S., May, Henry, Porter, Andrew C., Elliott, Stephen, Goldring, Ellen B. and Murphy, Joseph. (2009) An examination of differential item functioning on the Vanderbilt assessment of leadership in education. Journal of School Leadership. 19, pp. 661 - 680.
The contributions of educational psychology to school psychology
Bartlett, Brendan and Elliott, Stephen. (2009) The contributions of educational psychology to school psychology. In In T.B. Gutkin and C.R. Reynolds (Ed.). The Handbook of School Psychology pp. 65 - 83 John Wiley & Sons.
Assessment challenges, the law and the future
Cumming, Jacqueline. (2009) Assessment challenges, the law and the future. In In C. Wyatt-Smith and J. Cumming (Ed.). Educational assessment in the 21st century: Connecting theory and practice pp. 157 - 179 Springer.
Educational Assessment in the 21st Century: Connecting Theory and Practice
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (2009) Educational Assessment in the 21st Century: Connecting Theory and Practice Springer.
Consultation to support inclusive accountability and standards-based reform: facilitating access, equity, and empowerment
Roach, Andrew T. and Elliott, Stephen. (2009) Consultation to support inclusive accountability and standards-based reform: facilitating access, equity, and empowerment. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. 19(1), pp. 61 - 81. https://doi.org/10.1080/10474410802463320
The Mississippi alternate assessment of extended curriculum frameworks: purpose, procedures, and validity evidence summary
Elliott, Stephen, Roach, Andrew T., Kaase, Kristopher J. and Kettler, Ryan J.. (2009) The Mississippi alternate assessment of extended curriculum frameworks: purpose, procedures, and validity evidence summary. In Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards - Policy, Practice, and Potential pp. 239 - 274 Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co..
Educational malpractice and setting damages for ineffective teaching: A comparison of legal principles in the USA, England and Australia
Mawdsley, Ralph D. and Cumming, Joy. (2008) Educational malpractice and setting damages for ineffective teaching: A comparison of legal principles in the USA, England and Australia. Education and the Law. 20(1), pp. 25 - 46. https://doi.org/10.1080/09539960802114344
The origins and development of education law as a seperate field of law in the United States and Australia
Mawdsley, Ralph D. and Cumming, Jacqueline Joy. (2008) The origins and development of education law as a seperate field of law in the United States and Australia. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Law & Education.
Legal and educational perspectives of equity in assessment
Cumming, Joy. (2008) Legal and educational perspectives of equity in assessment. Assessment in Education. 15(2), pp. 123 - 135. https://doi.org/10.1080/09695940802164168
Structured teacher ratings to identify students in need of academic assistance: Validation of the brief academic competence evaluation screening system
Kettler, Ryan J., Elliott, Stephen and Albers, Craig A.. (2008) Structured teacher ratings to identify students in need of academic assistance: Validation of the brief academic competence evaluation screening system. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 26(3), pp. 260 - 273. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734282907304236
Reliability of student informants and strip searches
Mawdsley, Ralph D. and Cumming, Joy. (2008) Reliability of student informants and strip searches. West's Education Law Reporter. 231(1), pp. 1 - 5.
Intervention validity of social behavior rating scales: Features of assessments that link results to treatment plans
Elliott, Stephen, Gresham, Frank M., Frank, Jennifer L. and Beddow, Peter. (2008) Intervention validity of social behavior rating scales: Features of assessments that link results to treatment plans. Assessment for Effective Intervention. 34(1), pp. 15 - 24.
Alternate assessments of modified achievement standards: More accessible and less difficult tests to advance assessment practices?
Elliott, Stephen, Kettler, Ryan J. and Roach, Andrew T.. (2008) Alternate assessments of modified achievement standards: More accessible and less difficult tests to advance assessment practices? Journal of Disability Policy Studies. 19(3), pp. 140 - 152. https://doi.org/10.1177/1044207308327472
Editorial
Cumming, Joy. (2008) Editorial. International Journal of Law and Education. 13(1), pp. 3 - 6. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00812.x
Building a nation: Religion and values in the public schools of the USA, Australia and South Africa
Mawdsley, Ralph D., Cumming, Joy and de Waal, Elda. (2008) Building a nation: Religion and values in the public schools of the USA, Australia and South Africa. Education and the Law. 20(2), pp. 83 - 106. https://doi.org/10.1080/09539960802271391
The effects of testing accommodations on students' performances and reactions to testing
Lang, Sylvia C., Elliott, Stephen, Bolt, Daniel M. and Kratochwill, Thomas R.. (2008) The effects of testing accommodations on students' performances and reactions to testing. School Psychology Quarterly. 23(1), pp. 107 - 124. https://doi.org/10.1037/1045-3830.23.1.107
Teacher judgment: Building an evidentiary base for quality literacy and numeracy education
Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Cumming, Joy, Elkins, John and Neville, Mary. (2006) Teacher judgment: Building an evidentiary base for quality literacy and numeracy education Centre for Applied Language, Literacy and Communication Studies and Centre for Learning Research, Gr.
Literacy teaching and learning in Victorian schools
Czislowski-McKenna, Ann T., Cumming, Joy, Wyatt-Smith, Claire Maree and Elkins, John. (2006) Literacy teaching and learning in Victorian schools Australia: Victoria Dept. of Education and Training.
Redesigning assessment
Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Cumming, Joy and Elkins, John. (2005) Redesigning assessment. In Teaching middle years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment pp. 271 - 299 Allen & Unwin.
Uncertainty, error and risk in human clinical judgment: Introductory theoretical frameworks in paramedic practice
Shaban, Ramon Z., Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (2004) Uncertainty, error and risk in human clinical judgment: Introductory theoretical frameworks in paramedic practice. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2(1), pp. 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.2.1.263
Key assessment issues for the future
Cumming, Joy and Wyatt-Smith, Claire. (2004) Key assessment issues for the future. Annual International Conference on Cognition, Language and Special Education Research. Australia: School of Cognition, Language and Special Education, Griffith University. pp. 219 - 229
Curriculum Literacies: expanding domains of assessment
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (2003) Curriculum Literacies: expanding domains of assessment. Assessment in Education. 10(1), pp. 47 - 59. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969594032000085749
Literacy and the Curriculum: Success in Senior Secondary Schooling
Cumming, Joy and Wyatt-Smith, Claire. (2001) Literacy and the Curriculum: Success in Senior Secondary Schooling Australian Council for Educational Research.
A multi-theoretical and multi-disciplinary approach to literacy education and curriculum research
Cumming, Joy and Wyatt-Smith, Claire. (2001) A multi-theoretical and multi-disciplinary approach to literacy education and curriculum research. In Literacy and the Curriculum: Success in Senior Secondary Schooling pp. 2 - 10 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Examining the Literacy-Curriculum Relationship
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (2000) Examining the Literacy-Curriculum Relationship. Linguistics and Education. 11(4), pp. 295 - 312. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0898-5898(00)00028-0
The literacy demands of assessment practices in post-compulsory schooling
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (2000) The literacy demands of assessment practices in post-compulsory schooling. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. 8(1), pp. 21 - 32.
Examining the Literacy Demands of the Enacted Curriculum
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (1999) Examining the Literacy Demands of the Enacted Curriculum. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. 7(2), pp. 19 - 31.
Capturing students' experiences of the enacted curriculum: The concept of curriculum literacies
Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Cumming, Joy, Ryan, Jill and Doig, Shani. (1999) Capturing students' experiences of the enacted curriculum: The concept of curriculum literacies. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. 7(1), pp. 29 - 35.
The Literacy-Curriculum Interface: Literacy Demands of the Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Schooling
Cumming, Joy, Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Ryan, Jill and Doig, Shani. (1999) The Literacy-Curriculum Interface: Literacy Demands of the Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Schooling. Issues in Educational Research. 15(1), pp. 133 - 139.
Evolution of Language Education within Official Accounts of Queensland Curriculum
Doig, Shani, Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Cumming, Joy and Ryan, Jill. (1998) Evolution of Language Education within Official Accounts of Queensland Curriculum. Issues in Educational Research. 14(1), pp. 4 - 44.
Beyond Reading and Writing
Wyatt-Smith, Claire and Cumming, Joy. (1998) Beyond Reading and Writing. EQ Australia. 2, pp. 42 - 44.