What are modifications?

A modification indicates a change in the content and in the learning expectations. The student is expected to learn something different than the general education standard. For example, the instructional level, general education benchmarks, or number of key concepts to be mastered may be changed.

Here are some examples of modifications:

  • specialized curricula written at a lower level of understanding
  • simplified texts with reduced content
  • simplified vocabulary, concepts and principles

Modifications restrict access to the curriculum and learning standards unlike accommodations which are designed to provide full access to the general education curriculum and learning standards.

To understand the difference between modifications and accommodations, see the previous post on accommodations here: https://rsetasc.pnwboces.org/accommodation-dos-donts/