Acadience Reading Assessment Accommodations


Assessment accommodations are used for those students for whom the standard administration conditions would not produce accurate results.


Approved Accommodations for Acadience Reading

Approved accommodations are those accommodations that are unlikely to change how the assessment functions. When approved accommodations are used, the scores can be reported and interpreted as official Acadience Reading scores. Approved accommodations should be used only for students for whom the accommodations are necessary to provide an accurate assessment of student skills. 


Accommodations Approved for Use With Acadience Reading

Approved Accommodations Appropriate Measures
The use of student materials that have been enlarged or with larger print for students with visual impairments. LNF, NWF, ORF, Maze
The use of colored overlays, filters, or lighting adjustments for students with visual impairments. LNF, NWF, ORF, Maze
The use of assistive technology, such as hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ALDs), for students with hearing impairments. All
The use of a marker or ruler to focus student attention on the materials for students who are not able to demonstrate their skills adequately without one. It is good practice to attempt the assessment first without a marker or ruler and then retest with an alternate form of the assessment using a marker or ruler if needed. LNF, NWF, ORF, Maze


Unapproved Accommodations for Acadience Reading

Unapproved accommodations are accommodations that are likely to change how the assessment functions. Scores from measures administered with unapproved accommodations should not be treated or reported as official Acadience Reading scores, and cannot be compared to other Acadience Reading scores or benchmark goals.

An unapproved accommodation may be used when:

  • A student cannot be tested accurately using the standardized rules or approved accommodations, but the school would still like to measure progress for that student; or
  • A student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) requires testing with an unapproved accommodation. Scores for a student using an unapproved accommodation can be used to measure individual growth for that student.

Examples of Unapproved Accommodations

  • A student with limited English proficiency may be given the directions in his/her primary language.
  • A student whose IEP requires assessments to be given untimed may be administered the Acadience Reading measures without the timing component. This would measure only accuracy, not fluency.

Acadience Reading in Braille

A special type of accommodation for students with visual impairments is to administer Acadience Reading in braille. When using an Acadience Reading measure with braille materials, the measurement of the skill being assessed would be affected by the student’s fluency with braille as well as the differences between printed text and braille text. Scores for a student being tested with Acadience Reading in braille can be used to measure individual growth for that student, and can be compared to other students who are also being tested with braille Acadience Reading materials, but should not be reported as scores that are directly comparable to the print version of Acadience Reading. For information about Acadience Reading in braille, visit


For more information please see the Assessment Manual located on the

Acadience® Reading K–6 download page.