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Study Shows That Common Test Accommodations Don’t Work For Kids With ADHD

By Victor Trammell

Children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) definitely require a regular amount of care, which takes their special emotional and structural needs into account.

However, science has proven that the conventional school system is not doing a good enough job with its testing procedures to effectively harness the way children with ADHD are dealt with by care specialists who work in the education field.

Christina Samuels, a staff writer for Education Week Magazine wrote the following about a research study, which assessed how common test accommodations are working for America’s school children with ADHD:

“In the study Academic Testing Accommodations for ADHD: Do They Help? researchers examined the accommodations and test results of 96 Maryland students with ADHD in grades 3-8. In addition to examining the impact of offering extended test time and frequent breaks, the researchers also looked at the effects of three other commonly offered accommodations: reducing distraction in the testing area, allowing students to have portions of the test read aloud, and allowing use of a calculator.” (Education Week Online)

Alison Esposito Pritchard was the lead author of this new research study, which was carried out by a research team working for the  Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The full report for this ADHD common test study was published in Learning Disabilities, a Multidisciplinary Journal.

Here is what was concluded by researchers and written in the final portion of the study’s  abstract:

“Additionally, individual variation in processing speed performance did not moderate the association between receipt of accommodations and reading or math performance.  Common testing accommodations, as presently administered, may offer little benefit for students with ADHD, regardless of co-occurring learning difficulties.” (Sagmore Publishing)

More work is continuing to be done by the Kennedy Krieger Institute to determine the quality of common test accommodations in order to help specialists learn more on how to medically treat children with ADHD.

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