Breakfast: For more information on supporting children with special needs in a child care program, check out the e Xtension Alliance for Better Child Care section on Child Care for Children with Special Needs.
Assessment Accommodations [Teacher Tools] [Case Studies] Including All Students in State and District Assessments Assessments for accountability are required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and participation in assessments, with accommodations as necessary, is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997.
Assuming they have had this instruction, with support provided through special education services and strategies described in the instruction part of this website, they need an opportunity to show what they have learned on a test - with access that is equal to the access provided to students without disabilities.
For some students, this access can be increased through the use of assessment accommodations.
Some children in child care have special dietary requirements.
Food allergies, cultural and religious preferences, and vegetarian diets are common issues in a child care program.
Defining Assessment Accommodations One of the ways to make sure students can show what they know on tests (one kind of assessment) is by using testing accommodations.
In order to give an accurate picture of the achievement of students in a school, all of the students need to have an opportunity to take the tests and all of their scores need to count.An emphasis on improvement might not take place without illuminating where students are having the most difficulty.For students with disabilities to be successful on these assessments, the first thing they need is instruction in the standards-based content covered by the assessments.Child care providers and directors should discuss the specific vegetarian diet with the parents, and decide how to accommodate the child's needs.If the menus cannot be changed completely, you may be able to make some substitutions for children who do not eat meat or other animal products.If the program cannot provide foods to meet the child's needs, ask the parents to provide meals and snacks that meet their child's needs, or refer the family to another child care program that can better accommodate their child's special diet. Cow’s milk is a problem for some infants and young children.