Special Populations: State Has Established Differentiated Accommodations for Eng English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities
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Special Populations: State Has Established Differentiated Accommodations for Eng English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities

Why does it matter? Reasonable accommodations that are matched to the special needs of students with disabilities and of students whose first language is not English allow these students to fully demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Highlights:
  • Most states offer differentiated accommodations.
  • The 10 states without differentiated accommodations are noted as such because all accommodations are compiled together, rather than being identified separately for each group. Of those states, however, Alabama, Colorado and New Hampshire allow non-standard accommodation requests to be submitted to the state.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

Last updated: June 4, 2007

Research conducted by Timothy Taylor and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


State has established differentiated accommodations for English language learners and students with disabilities
Alabama No
However, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Alaska Yes
Though many accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Arizona Yes
Though many accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Arkansas Yes
Though many accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
California Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Colorado No
There is simply a standard list of available accommodations. However, non-standard accommodation requests will be considered by the state for each group.
Connecticut Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Delaware Yes
District of Columbia Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Florida Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Georgia Yes
Though most accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for students with disabilities may be submitted to the state for approval.
Hawaii Yes
Though all accommodations available to ELLs are also offered to students with disabilities, there are additional accommodations available only to students with disabilities.
Idaho Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Illinois Yes
Indiana No
Although the state notes that it uses different criteria for determining accommodation eligibility for ELLs and students with disabilities, all available accommodations are combined together.
Iowa Yes
Additionally, specific procedures/guidelines for administering accommodations are described for each group.
Kansas Yes
Additionally, specific procedures/guidelines for administering accommodations are described for each group.
Kentucky No
Louisiana Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Maine No
Maryland Yes
Though most accommodations are similar, there are certain accommodations unique to each group. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Massachusetts Yes
Michigan Yes
Though accommodations are similar, not all accommodations available to students with disabilities are available to ELLs.
Minnesota Yes
Though accommodations are similar, not all accommodations available to students with disabilities are available to ELLs.
Mississippi Yes
Though accommodations are similar, not all accommodations available to students with disabilities are available to ELLs. The only accommodation for ELLs not available to students with disabilities is a native language dictionary. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Missouri Yes
Montana No
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
New Hampshire No
However, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
New York Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
North Carolina Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities.
North Dakota Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, most accommodations available to students with disabilities are not offered to ELLs.
Ohio Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Oklahoma Yes
Oregon No
All available accommodations are grouped together.
Pennsylvania Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Rhode Island No
All available accommodations are grouped together.
South Carolina Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for students with disabilities may be submitted to the state for approval.
South Dakota Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities.
Tennessee Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for students with disabilities may be submitted to the state for approval.
Texas Yes
Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Utah Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities.
Vermont No
All available accommodations are grouped together.
Virginia Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Washington Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
West Virginia Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities. Additionally, requests for non-standard accommodations for each group may be submitted to the state for approval.
Wisconsin Yes
Though some accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group.
Wyoming Yes
Though a few accommodations are similar, there are accommodations unique to each group, with a greater number of accommodations available only to students with disabilities.
Puerto Rico Not applicable.

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