New online assessments to include accommodations for students with disabilities

“The PARCC state leads and experts have given considerable thought and research to the proposed writing access accommodation,” said Tamara Reavis, Achieve’s senior adviser for assessment, accessibility, and equity. “This accommodation, as well as the reading access and calculator use accommodations, will increase accessibility for students. In addition to these policies, PARCC will have a full range of embedded supports for all students, taking full advantage of an online platform.”

The public review period allows for feedback from a wide group of stakeholders, including K-12 educators, curriculum and assessment experts, and interest groups. The draft writing access accommodation policy and survey is posted on the PARCC website for interested parties to provide feedback until Feb. 20.

The feedback will be reviewed by the PARCC state leads and the technical working group for Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness, and revisions will be made accordingly.

This is the third accommodation policy PARCC has released for public comment. Earlier this year, PARCC released two draft accommodations policies for public comment, the reading access accommodation and the calculator use accommodation. The entire set of policies will be included in the PARCC Accommodations Manual, which details all accommodations provided to students with disabilities and English language learners. The PARCC Accommodations Manual is expected to be made available for public comment in April.

For more information or to view the policies, click here.

PARCC includes the member states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

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