The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
Common Core Assessments-- Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC—has been adopted by 22 states. Using accomodations from a student's IEP in the administration of assesments is a good way to proceed.--Lou
"For students with disabilities, the draft manual outlines five categories of accommodations available to students that would provide "equitable access" to the tests.
One category—known as "presentation accommodations"—would include changes in the method or format in which the test or test questions are provided to the student. They may include, for example, the use of Braille or sign interpretation of test items.
Another category, "response accommodations," would allow changes in the method used by the student to provide responses to test questions. These may include dictating responses to a scribe or using a Braille note-taker.
Proposed timing and scheduling accommodations include extending the amount of time allowed for testing, letting a student take frequent breaks, or allowing a student to take the test at a certain time of day. "Setting" accommodations would include changes to the location or conditions in which the test is administered, including a separate location or group size.
Finally, the proposal would allow expanded access to the test for a small number of students with disabilities in reading, writing, and calculating who require additional supports and meet certain criteria, as noted in their individualized education program..."