The National Task Force on Equity in Testing Deaf and Hard of
Test Accommodations for
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Carol Bloomquist Traxler, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Gallaudet Research
This page contains a growing collection of policy and practice related to testing deaf and hard of
hearing examinees. The information is grouped as Standards of
Professional Organizations and other national bodies, Testing Program Policies, and Institutional or Regional Policies. This page is part of the
collection of information on assessment and deaf individuals summarized at http://research.gallaudet.edu/Assessment/.
Standards of Professional Organizations
Educational and Psychological Testing, APA/AERA/NCME, 1999. This is the authority on testing
issues in the United States.
AERA Position Statement Concerning High-Stakes
Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
by the Joint Committee on Fair Testing Practices
The Rights and Responsibilities of Test-Takers by
the Test-Taker Rights and Responsibilities Working Group of the Joint Committee on Testing
Practices, September 1, 1997 Draft.
Testing and Assessment APA policy and FAQ
The Center for the Study
of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) at Boston
College's School of Education.
Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
Students with Disabilities Spotlight Issue by the Consortium for
Equity in Standards and Testing. "There are important educational and
social policy reasons for granting modifications in testing for
individuals with disabilities. There are also good reasons why testing
programs feel that they must notify test score recipients when tests
are given in nonstandard formats.... The laws governing admissions
testing and higher education bar any labeling that could create
potential opportunities for discrimination against persons with
disabilities. Educational and testing practices and our legal and
social policy goals are clearly in conflict here."
Standards-Based Reform and Students with Disabilities Spotlight
Issue by the Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing. "The
educational policies and practices that focus upon common,
standards-driven learning for all students conflict in many respects
with policies and practices which promote a highly individualized
approach to the education of students with disabilities."
Testing Program Policies
Accommodations for Deaf Students with the
Stanford Achievement Test Gallaudet Research Institute recommendations
Educational Testing Service on Disabilities and Testing
describing ETS policies and procedures related to individuals with disabilities. With links to
disability-related information on AP, GMAT, GRE, PRAXIS, SAT, School Leadership, and TOEFL tests from
"How to register for tests."
ACT Assessment: Testing Options for Students with
General Educational Development
Test (GED) American Council on Education
American Association of Medical Colleges with links to Medical
Education & Student/Applicant Information
Law School Admission Test (LSAT): Accommodated
Test Law School Admission Council
Institutional or Regional Policies
The Gallaudet Learning
Disabilities Handbook by Cristina Berdichevsky and Harry Markowicz, coordinated by the Gallaudet Task
Force on Learning Disabilities
Clerc National Deaf Education Center Handout Series
Teaching students who have
disABILITIES Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Includes "Evaluation Accommodation
Suggestions" and "Guidelines for Working with Students with Specific Disabilities"
Learning Disabilities Online, a service of The Learning
Disabilities Project at WETA, Washington, D.C., in association with The Coordinated Campaign for Learning
Disabilities. This site is not targeted to deaf students.