Always allow extra time for specific students (IEP, LEP, etc.)

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I know that we can go to a timed quiz and add on more time.


I would like to allow extra time for specific students not just for certain quizzes, but for ALL timed activities, since this is very often a part of a student's IEP. For example:


Quiz A: 10 minutes

Quiz B: 20 minutes

Quiz C: 15 minutes


Let's say that my IEP student Vernor Learner generally needs 15 extra minutes. I allow him the 15 minutes for ALL timed tasks, so he now gets 25, 35 and 30 minutes total on quizzes A, B and C, respectively. 


This just saves me the time of granting extra time for each task and lets me get it all done at the start of the semester.

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Community Team
Community Team

Hi Joni.  it is always great to use links to related ideas as reference, but please be careful not to lump them together as a 'kitchen sink' request.  Feature ideas need to be very specific and focused to move forward in the process.  You can find information on that in How do I create a new feature idea?​ and How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

Community Champion

Renee, I just opened up another one with my idea.  Sorry, I'm frustrated sometimes with what is recommended to open as a separate request and what isn't

Community Team
Community Team

You presented it perfectly!  Nicely done.  As Community Managers, we even struggle with some of the ideas...  Are the ideas so intertwined that they are one, or are they ideas that could be implemented or developed in stages....  etc etc...  We try our best to be transparent and articulate why we ask for some ideas to be broken apart!

Thank you so much for continuing to work through this with us. 

Community Novice

For those of use who don't know what an IEP or an LEP is... help? We don't use this terminology in my system.

Community Contributor

IEP = Individualized Education Program (e.g., your student is gifted, or autistic, or blind--how will instruction be adjusted to fit your student's needs?)

LEP = Limited English Proficiency

Community Champion

To add to what Beth Young said, an IEP does give specific information. Here are some common "tags":

additional time

must have test read to him/her

seated near teacher

less choices on multiple choice questions

extra day to turn in homework . . . etc.

LEPs may also request extra time, notes to be given to student, allowed to use a computer, etc.

The extra time thing is VERY common, which is why this idea was submitted.

Community Novice

Thanks for the clarification,  @cwendt ​ and  @Beth_Young ​. The extra timing is very common in accommodation testing for students with documented disabilities, but as Joni mentioned above, it's always a percentage.

Community Novice

This would be beneficial so I do not need to constantly check and see what new class they are in and then manually set up all quizzes with extended time.  Since this is a legal requirement that all student with IEPs, 504, etc be accommodated with extended time if listed so this would make sure that none get missed when taking new classes.

Community Novice

"In higher ed, I think the more common scenario is to extend time as a multiplier of the original time.  For example, in a class with quizzes and exams, the students would get 1.5x, 2x, 4x the original time of the test."

This has always been my experience when teaching college students.

Community Champion

Oh, yay! It made it to 100. Full steam ahead!