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Faculty Support: Handling Quizzes and Academic Accommodations

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Many instructors start their class with a quiz designed to evaluate student learning from reading, homework, or the previous class session. Others give quizzes in the middle or at the end of a class session. Even though these assessments usually are designed to be short, accommodations related to disability or medical condition do come into play. Here are some things to consider:

  • Does the student want to use accommodations on the quiz? It is always the student’s choice whether to use accommodations or not. To make the decision, the student needs to consider the design of the quiz and their specific needs. In some cases, the quiz design and the environment in which it is given will not require an accommodation, but that is always the student’s call.  
  • What if I just give everyone extended time? The reality is that if you write the quiz for five minutes and give the class ten minutes to complete it, a student with extended time accommodations is eligible for extended time based on the total amount of time you give the class. If a student has time-and-a-half for an accommodation, she or he would get 15 minutes for this quiz. The exception to this is if you give unlimited time to everyone to complete the quiz. In that case, no time accommodation is necessary.
Where can I get suggestions on how to manage quizzes and accommodations?  Reach out to the Office of Learning Resources to discuss strategies for management of quizzes and accommodations. (937-229-2066 or disabilityresources@udayton.edu)
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