What is the difference between accommodation and modification?
An accommodation allows a student to complete the same assignment or test as other students, but with a change in the timing, formatting, setting, scheduling, response and/or presentation. This accommodation does not alter in any significant way what the test or assignment measures. For example, a student who is blind taking a Braille version of a test or a student taking a test alone in a quiet room.
A modification is an adjustment to an assignment or a test that changes the standard or what the test or assignment is supposed to measure. For example, a student completing work on part of a standard or a student completing an alternate assignment that is more easily achievable than the standard assignment.
Needed accommodations and/or modifications should be written into a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. These changes should be chosen to fit the student’s individual needs. It’s important to include the student, if appropriate, when discussing needed accommodations and modifications.