In the context of assessment, reasonable accommodation is the term for the adaptation of assessment as necessary to cater for the needs of learners whose personal situation means that assessment would otherwise be unfair eg learners with a disability.
Special accommodations for assessment will be implemented in a fair and impartial manner and will neither advantage or disadvantage the learner or other learners.
Adaptation to assessments may include the following:
- Modified assignment briefs/ examination papers
- Use of sign language interpreters
- Practical assistants
- Rest periods
- Adaptive equipment/ software
- Use of assistive technology
- Extra time
If a learner requires special accommodation for assessment, they should inform their FET centre as soon as possible (ie teacher, tutor, trainer, principal, other). The needs of the learner will be catered for as far as is practicably possible.
ETBI’s recently endorsed Assessment Reference Documents for FET (2018) includes guidance on Reasonable Accommodation. As part of TETB’s Quality Improvevement Plan, a QA Task Group comprised of a small number of FET practitioners was established in September 2018 to progress TETB’s procedure in this area.
As at Feb 2019, the QA Task Group has completed a draft procedure which is to be presented to the QA Steering Group and then onto the wider group of FET practitioners for consultation. It is hoped that this procedure will be ready for implementation by Sept 2019.