Differentiating Written Tests for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities

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How to Differentiate Your Written Tests For Secondary Students With Learning Disabilities is a practical DIY guide with 12 easy classroom-tested tips for writing and formatting your own tests for students in your classes who have learning disabilities.

• Do you feel as if your students with disabilities know more than their test scores show?

• Have you ever had a student with a learning disability tell you they don’t study for tests because they’ll fail it even if they study?

• Do you worry that your tests might be testing reading ability more than content mastery?

• Do you feel like you’re embarrassing your students with learning disabilities when you send them out of the room to take a test with someone else?

• Do you wish you knew how to differentiate your own tests so that you wouldn’t need to ask your special education colleagues to do that for you?

Then this is the guide you’ve been looking for.

As a secondary science teacher for almost 30 years, I faced the same dilemmas that you face. But with the help of my extraordinary special education colleagues, I learned how to write tests that would mitigate the problems experienced by my students with learning disabilities. In this guide I will share with you twelve simple things you can do with your multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, forced choice, and essay questions that can make the difference between success and failure for your students with learning disabilities.

If you follow these twelve tips, you’ll never again have to send a student out of your class to take a test. They’ll take their tests side by side with their regular education peers, will finish in the same length of time as their peers, will perform significantly better on your tests, and will show you what they know (as opposed to demonstrating their disability). And you will have the satisfaction of seeing the pride on their faces when they turn in their test to you, just like all of their friends do, and when they perform at a level that proves their mastery!

I’ve taught these strategies to hundreds of teachers in professional development workshops and have heard the reports of success from teachers and administrators. But most importantly, I’ve had my own students thank me for giving them a fighting chance to show me what they have learned, without any help from anyone else.

In order to make it easy and cost effective to share these strategies with your team, school, or district – I’m pricing additional licenses at just $1.20 each when you buy one license (1 copy of the product). Please respect my work and my copyright by not distributing copies without first purchasing additional licenses.

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