Assessment strategies for children and young people with hydrocephalus

  • Use assessment strategies that focus on the knowledge the child has learnt  rather than the speed at which they can apply or demonstrate that knowledge.
  • Replace timed tests with alternative assessment procedures
  • Allow  extra time for tests and examinations
  • Allow supervised breaks during tests
  • Provide a reader or text-to-voice software to read test questions to the pupil in order to accommodate different reading fluency
  • Provide a scribe or voice-to-text software to record pupils’ answers to accommodate different writers’ fluency
  • Use test formats with  reduced written output formats  like true/false or fill in the blank forms of assessment
  • Avoid multiple-choice questioning which can be confusing and lead to ‘guess’ responses
  • For advice about examinations, follow the link for the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations booklet

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