Acceptance of Colored Overlays in the Education Community
At times, there is a question as to the appropriateness of the use of
colored overlays to help students cope with the symptoms of visual dyslexia.
Most states offer color accommodations for instruction and assessment. For
online/computer assessments, contrast/color choices are available, and for
paper-based assessments, colored overlays are available. Most states
require that the color accommodations be used for both instruction and
assessment throughout the year, as well. At this time, the assessment
systems that are used for the English Language Arts standards are as
follows: Fifteen states are using Smarter Balanced assessments, eight states
are using PARCC assessments and four are using Pearson assessments. The
remaining states use their own tests or a combination of publishers.
Perry, Gayle, Ed.D. State Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment in
the Fifty States. See It Right.