Test Coordinator Training • Spring 2014 Accommodations
Waivers • There is no general SBA waiver.
Specific Waivers • Parent Refusal • (in Procedures Manual) • Counts against school in • A – F School Grading. • Federal Law requires 95% participation rate.
Specific Waivers • Medical Exemption (on PED website) • Does not count against school in A – F • School Grading
Specific Waivers • Waiver for ELLs allows testing in • Spanish (only needed for 4th and 5th years in US schools)
Testing Best Practices All students may use Test Administration Best Practices if individually determined by the Student Assistance Team (SAT). May be added to SAT Plan during/after testing.
Testing Best Practices • Additional time between • sessions • Face student during test • administration • Group students by testing • accommodation • Multiple and frequent breaks • Extended administration time
Testing Best Practices • Preferential seating • Schedule additional time between • sessions • Test individually • Test in location with minimal • distraction • Test in small group (fewer than 10) • Visual, verbal, or tactile reminders • to stay on task • Place markers
Accommodations Coded accommodations allowed for students with IEPs, 504 Plans, or current ELL status.
Biogrid Codes Biogrid codes for all accommodations (See Accommodations Manual)
Accommodations • Braille Version • Large Print • Signing of Test • Read Aloud Test Items • Read Aloud to Self • Assist Tech-Presentation • Color Overlays • Math Manipulatives • Manipulating Materials • Blank Graphic Organizer • Scribe-Selected Response • Scribe-Constructed Response • Assist Tech-Response • Audio Record Responses • PED-Approved Accommodation
Accommodations • Students must have used accommodations in daily instruction prior to use on standardized assessments. • Train TAs and Proctors on administration of accommodations. • Maintain records of testing accommodations administered.
Accommodations • TAs must administer accommodations to small groups. • EAs and IAs may administer accommodations one on one, except scribing (must be done by TA).
The read-aloud accommodation does not include the reading portion. Do Not Read The Reading Sessions To Any Student!
ELLs New to U.S. • First Year In U.S. Only: • Language exemption in reading • Language-proficiency test (W-APT) and • ACCESS substitutes for participation in • reading • Must take math and other subjects • Scores do not count towards school grades
ELLs: First 3 Years • in U.S. Schools • Students may take assessments in native language. • SBA/HSGA is available in Spanish.
4th & 5th Years in U.S. Schools Students participate in English language version of assessments. Waiver allows students to continue assessing in native language for 2 additional years. Waiver is only good for one year. Must be resubmitted for a maximum of 2 submissions per student. Waiver must be submitted to PED by specified date.
Accommodations for ELLs • Read Aloud in English • Picture Dictionary • Spanish Language Version • Customized Dual Language Glossary • Commercial Word-To-Word Dictionary • Pocket Word-To-Word Translator • Read-Aloud Test Directions in Spanish • Read-Aloud Test Items in Spanish • PED-Approved Accommodation
CBT Accommodations Most Accommodations are compatible with CBT administration.
CBT Accommodations • A student in a grade taking the CBT may take PBT if s/he • has a disorder that prohibits effective computer use • recently entered the school and lacks computer experience/familiarity • requires assistive technology that is not compatible with the testing platform • receives the Read Aloud accommodation and the school does not have headphones or the small group setting does not have sufficient computers. • is testing off campus.
CBT SWD Accommodations Signing of Test Read Aloud Read Aloud to Self (requires individual setting) Assist-Tech Math Manipulatives Manipulating Test Materials Blank Graphic Organizer Scribe Audio Recording Responses (requires indiv. setting)
CBT ELL Accommodations Read Aloud Picture Dictionary Spanish Test Version Dual Language Glossary Pocket-to-Word Translator Read-Aloud in Spanish
CBT Read Aloud • iTest has a text-to-speech function. • Assign the Read-Aloud accommodation to student in the DAS. • Give student headphones. • Alter volume setting on computer to appropriate level. • Student may test in the traditional classroom. • BE SURE THAT STUDENTS PRACTICE THE TEXT-TO-SPEECH FEATURE IN ITEST (WITH HEADPHONES) PRIOR TO TESTING.
iTest Features Available to all students “Text Appearance” tools to change color schemes Enlarge font (to 22 point)
Preparing for iTest • Load iTest software on student computers. • Configure computer labs for secure testing. • Maximize bandwidth available on school’s network. • Have TAs and students practice using iTest.
iTest Practice Testing • TAs should practice assigning students and test sessions in the DAS, and printing test tickets. • Students should practice logging in, entering test access code, and using iTest. • Students in grades 5 and 8 should practice typing essays.
Accommodations on EoCs • EoCs are divided into two groups: • EoCs used as ADCs (for HS graduation) • Other EoCs (generally used for EES)
Accommodations on EoCs • EoCs used as ADCs: Students may only use the coded accommodations permissible for standardized testing. • Other EoCs: Students may use instructional accommodations. • ALL accommodations must be documented in a student’s IEP, 504 Plan, or SAT Plan.
Accommodations Webinar • Archive of Special Education Webinar • Subject: Testing Accommodations • https://regionix.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/vc_launch.pl?activity_id=rffcwhb&user_id=