Special Education/Testing


Curious what kind of testing accommodations parents ask for.
Is there any alternate testing.
My son is awful at fill ins right now but does well with
Multiple choice. He just cannot express himself enough now for the
Fill in.

Hello, LM,

Thank you for writing to me and for using this service! The basic answer to your question is YES, the accommodations for a child with a disability for testing should be individualized.

If your son has problems with filling in bubbles on a scantron sheet, or writing words to fill in the blanks, the accommodations can include:
Writing in the test booklet the letter of the answer
Having an adult check his responses
Having a place holder or window that keeps only the correct line in his sight/visual area
Allowing him to circle the multiple choice answer
Allowing him to verbally dictate answers to an adult who would write the answers
Providing multiple choice instead of fill in
Giving a word bank where he can circle the word answer
Allowing him to type instead of write by hand

The accommodations must be individualized for him. So, this is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to give me more information, I may be able to be more specific.

I hope this answer has helped you as you advocate for your exceptional child's education! Thank you again for writing and using this service!

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Michelle R. Davis, M. Ed.


I can answer questions about disability definitions and criteria for services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, No Child Left Behind, 504 plans, how to craft an IEP that drives the appropriate services, school placement, dispute options, and least restrictive environment. I worked in the public school system as a special educator and am now in private consulting practice where we assist parents as they navigate the special education process. I have expertise in all educational disabilities except blind/visual impairments and deaf/hard of hearing. This includes ADHD and other health impairments, medical conditions, dyslexia and learning disabilities, Autism, emotional disabilities, language processing problems, and interfering behaviors.


10 years as special educator and administrator in public school system; Director of ABCs for Life Success since 1998; Expert services such as analysis and testimony; Author: Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What you can do now to advocate for your exceptional child's education; Special Needs Advocacy Training Institute; internet radio show Teach Your Children Well: Hot Topics in Education; author School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released March 2010 (Prufrock Press).

Masters in Special Education with Emphasis on Inclusive Education (Johns Hopkins University); B.S.in Special Education (James Madison University); Conduct training for Universities, public and private schools, parent groups. Adjunct professor current George Washington University and prior George Mason University.

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