For those involved in special education and particularly early intervention, it’s important to understand the difference between accommodations and modifications. Accommodations are adjustments that are made in order to allow the individual access to the general curriculum or grade-level standards. These could be things like allowing for extra time on tests, providing alternative seating arrangements, or allowing a student to use audio recordings instead of reading text aloud.
Modifications involve changing instruction, environment, or expectations so that an individual can still make progress despite any challenge or limitation they may have. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what constitutes a modification versus an accommodation, when to provide each one, and why both types of strategies should be implemented together for maximum success!
What is Accommodation?
Accommodation is a kind of arrangement or adjustment that is made in order to accommodate different needs and requirements. Accommodation can be physical, such as making changes to a building to make it accessible for disabled people, or it can be social – increasing understanding and acceptance between diverse groups.
Accommodation can also refer to providing certain methods of instruction that cater to learning styles and create a more inclusive environment. Accommodation is a key part of promoting equal access and greater diversity within society and helps everyone achieve their potential.
What is Modification?
Modification is a process of changing the form, structure, or qualities of something. Modifications can be made to any object, person, thought, or environment to make it better suit particular needs. Modifications can range from something relatively simple like trimming your hair in order to change the way you look, all the way to making physical adjustments to a car in order to improve its performance. Modification is a practice that helps us constantly adjust and improve our lives and environment for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.
Difference between Accommodations and Modifications
Accommodations and Modifications are two similar yet distinct tools used to support student learning in the classroom.
- Accommodations are changes that adjust the manner in which a student is taught or assessed, such as providing additional time for test taking or allowing spellcheck on an essay.
- This type of adjustment does not change the overall goals of the instruction but instead allows for more leniency in meeting them.
- On the other hand, Modifications alter the content and/or expectations of teaching and assessment in order to provide access to learning that is more closely tailored to a student’s individual needs; these may include changing grade-level material or providing alternate assessment formats.
Accommodations and Modifications have helped countless students reach their academic potential and remain crucial components of effective differentiated instruction.
As you can see, there is a big difference between accommodations and modifications. Accommodations are changes that do not require the student to relearn the material, while modifications change how the student learns the material. It is important to make sure that you understand the individual needs of your students before making any decisions about accommodations or modifications.