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1 Administering Accessibility Features and Accommodations on the PARCC Computer-Based Field Test (CBT)

2 The purpose of this PPT is to prepare test administrators to administer accessibility features and accommodations on the computer-based Field Test (FT). – Review available Field Test accessibility features and accommodations and administration guidance – Share resources for additional accessibility training, including trainings on policy, protocol, and operational implementation guidance For Registration Information & Technical Guidance for CBT, click HEREHERE For guidance on Selecting and Monitoring accommodations; and Policies for Operational Administration, click HERE.HERE Purpose

3 PARCC Comprehensive Accessibility Policies 3 Features for All Students Accessibility Features* Identified in advance Accommodations ** * Available to all participating students **For students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities

4 Accessibility Features on FT for All Students Tool, support, scaffold, or preference that is built into the assessment system that can be used by any student. Universal design features expected to benefit a variety of students and are available to all students. Provided onscreen, stored in a toolbar, or are accessible through a menu or control panel, as needed. During the assessment, students can choose which accessibility features they need for specific items. Examples include: audio amplification, highlighting, pop-up glossary, etc. 4

5 Accessibility Features on FT Identified in Advance Available to all students (i.e., not limited to students with IEPs, 504 Plans, or English learners), but will be selected and “turned on” by school-based educators prior to the assessment. Although school-based educators will enable the accessibility features, the student will decide whether or not to use it. These accessibility features will be readily available on the computer-delivered testing platform. PARCC has developed an optional PARCC Field Test Accessibility Features and Accommodation Documentation Form. This can be used to assist in registering on PearsonAccess.PARCC Field Test Accessibility Features and Accommodation Documentation Form. If this form is used, review with test administrators prior to field testing! 5

6 Adjustments to the test setting, test format, or test administration procedures that provide equitable access for students with disabilities, students who are English learners, and students with disabilities who are also English learners. Accommodations for the PARCC assessments include: – Accommodations for SWD o Presentation Accommodations o Response Accommodations o Timing and Scheduling Accommodations – Accommodations for ELs – Unique Accommodations – Emergency Accommodations Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

7 Administrative Considerations for All Students School based teams (including IEP, 504 plan or EL teams as appropriate) may determine if any student requires any of the following test administration considerations, regardless of the student’s status as a student with a disability or English learner: – Small group testing – Frequent breaks – Time of day – Separate or alternate location – Specified area or seating – Adaptive and specialized equipment, furniture, or lighting Please note: IEP, 504 and EL teams may still wish to document this in a student’s IEP, 504 plan, or EL plan based on individual needs. 7

8 Let’s Review the Accessibility Features and Accommodations that are Available for the PARCC Computer-Based Field Test. 8

9 Accessibility Features Available for the Computer-Based Field Test (CBT) 9

10 Accessibility Features for All Students Available for the Field Test 10 Accessibility Features for All Students Computer AdministrationPaper Administration Audio AmplificationAuditory Aids Blank Paper Eliminate Answer ChoicesVisual Aids/Organizers Flag Items for ReviewVisual Aids/Organizers General Administration Directions Clarified General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated Highlighter ToolExternal Highlighter Headphones or Noise BuffersAuditory Aids Line ReaderVisual Aids/Organizers Magnification/Enlargement Device Screen Enlargement ToolLarge Print Test Pop-Up GlossaryGlossary in footnotes Redirect Student to Test Writing ToolsSpell Checker

11 CBT Accessibility Features for All Students Available for the Field Test 11 Accessibility Features for All Students Administration Instructions Audio AmplificationStudent may adjust audio on their device. Blank PaperTest Administrator provides to students. Eliminate Answer ChoicesStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform. Flag Items for ReviewStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform. General Administration Directions Clarified Test Administrator clarifies directions for students who raise their hands and ask. General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated Test Administrator reads directions aloud for all students, and repeats only to student who raise their hands and ask. Highlighter ToolStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform.

12 CBT Accessibility Features for All Students Available for the Field Test 12 Accessibility Features for All Students Administration Instructions Headphones or Noise BuffersProvided by Test Administrator (TA). If using for text-to-speech, TA will need to ensure headphones are plugged in. Line ReaderStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform. Magnification/Enlargement DeviceStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform. Pop-Up GlossaryStudents may choose to use this tool embedded into the platform on pre-selected words. Redirect Student to TestTest Administrator redirects individual students based on need. Spell CheckerStudents may choose to bring their own external device. Device cannot have embedded grammar check, connect to the internet, or save information. Writing ToolsOn writing tasks, students may choose to use writing tools (bold, italic, underline, etc.).

13 Accessibility Features & Accommodation for the Computer-Based Field Test Identified in Advance in a Special Registration “Session” and Unique Form 13

14 CBT Accessibility Features & Accommodation Available via a Special Registration “Session” 14 There are three Accessibility Features and one Accommodation that are only available via computer-based administration on unique forms in special registration “sessions” that need to be identified in advance. Answer Masking Background/Font Color (Color Contrast) Text-to-Speech for the Mathematics Assessments Text-to-Speech for English Language Arts/Literacy If a student is pre-selected for one of these features, they cannot also be selected for another at the same time. Example: A student taking the grade 3 ELA/literacy EOY cannot have both answer masking and background/font color at the same time. Only ONE can be selected.

15 CBT Accessibility Features Identified in Advance in a Special Registration “Session” and Unique Form 15 Accessibility Features CBT Grades/Content AvailableAdministration Answer Masking EOY Only ELA: Grades 3, 5, 8, 11 Math: Grades 4, 7, Algebra I and Geometry Identified ahead via selection of special form. Student may choose to use this pre-selected tool on an item- by-item basis. Background/Font Color (Color Contrast) PBA and EOY ELA: Grades 3, 5, 8, 11 Math: Grades 4, 7, Algebra I and Geometry *Five color options are available; refer to Field Test Accessibility Features and Accommodations Overview or Manual for color options. Identified ahead via selection of special form. Applies to the entire assessment. Text-to-Speech for the Mathematics Assessments PBA/EOY Grades 4, 7, Algebra I (Human reader and human interpreter available for all grades, if needed.) Identified ahead via selection of special form. Student may choose to click a “text-to-speech” button to hear pieces of items/tasks/passages read aloud via text-to-speech technology on an item-by-item basis. SPECIAL REGISTRATION “SESSION” - UNIQUE FORM AVAILABLE

16 CBT Accessibility Features – No Special Session (externally provided) 16 Accessibility Features CBT Grades/Content NOT Available Administration Answer Masking All PBA in ELA & Mathematics EOY Only -ELA: Grades 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 -Math: Grades 3, 5, 6, 8, Algebra II, Integrated I, II, III Students may choose to use external masking cards (e.g. blank paper, straight edge). Background/Font Color (Color Contrast) PBA and EOY -ELA: Grades 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 -Math: Grades 3, 5, 6, 8, Algebra II, Integrated I, II, III Colored overlays may be used by the student as need. Font color cannot be changed. Text-to-Speech for the Mathematics Assessments PBA/EOY -Grades 3, 5, 6, 8, Algebra II, Geometry, Integrated I, II, III Test administrator will use a password to pull up the CBT on a teacher device and read aloud (or sign) the assessment to pre-selected students according to the Protocol and Math Audio Guidelines on PARCConline.org. Students in each grade/content area who need a human reader will take the same form so small group administration can occur.Protocol Math Audio Guidelines NOT EMBEDDED IN PLATFORM FOR THE FOLLOWING GRADES/CONTENT

17 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (SWD) Identified in Advance via an IEP or 504 Plan and Available for the Computer-Based Field Test 17

18 Assistive Technology 18 Some students with disabilities (with IEPs or 504 plans) may need to bring assistive technology to equitably access the PARCC Field Test. For current guidance on assistive technology for the PARCC Field Test, please refer to the posted guidelines on PARCConline.org.guidelines

19 CBT Presentation Accommodation Identified in Advance in a Special Registration “Session” and Unique Form (or externally provided) 19 AccommodationAvailabilityAdministration Text-to-Speech for ELA/Literacy Assessment** (See GUIDANCE p.27-29)GUIDANCE Special CBT Form: -PBA/EOY -ELA: Grades 5, 8, 11 Identified ahead via selection of special form. Student may choose to click a “text-to-speech” button to hear the ELA/literacy assessment read aloud via text-to-speech technology. Human reader and human interpreter available for all grades, if needed. No CBT Form: -PBA/EOY: -ELA: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 Test administrator will use a password to pull up the CBT on a teacher device and read aloud (or sign) the assessment to pre-selected students according to the Protocol and ELA Audio Guidelines. Students in each grade/content area who need a human reader will take the same test so small group administration can occur.Protocol ELA Audio Guidelines SPECIAL REGISTRATION “SESSION” AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN GRADES ONLY

20 CBT Response Accommodations for SWD (Identified during Registration) 20 AccommodationAvailabilityAdministration Calculation Device and Mathematics Tools ** (See GUIDANCE p.30)GUIDANCE All Grades Students use calculator embedded in the platform, or may bring an external calculation device (e.g., abacus, talking calculator, large button calculator) as determined by IEP team. Speech-to-Text (external device)** (See GUIDANCE p.31-32)GUIDANCE All Grades and Content Areas Student must be tested individually. Test administrator provides a microphone (may be embedded in device) and headphones. Student may choose to speak their written responses and responses will be captured via speech-to-text technology. Students may edit their responses outputted. Human scribes will need to input responses into TestNav according to the posted Scribe Guidelines.Scribe Guidelines If a human scribe/interpreter is needed, student must be tested individually. Student may sign responses to an interpreter. Test administrator scribes student responses according to the Scribe Guidelines.Scribe Guidelines Word Prediction** (See GUIDANCE p.33)GUIDANCE All Grades Students may bring external word prediction devices for the ELA/literacy Performance-Based Assessment. Devices cannot include grammar check, connect to the internet, or save information.

21 CBT Timing & Scheduling Accommodations for SWD (Identified during Registration) 21 AccommodationAvailabilityAdministration Extended Time (See GUIDANCE p.34)GUIDANCE All Grades Student gets extended time accommodation and may have until the end of the school day to complete a test session. It is recommended to test students with extended time accommodations in a separate setting to minimize distractions for all students, and to schedule these students for testing in the morning so their testing time can be extended until the end of the school day, if needed.

22 Accommodations for English Learners (EL) Identified in Advance and Available for the Computer-Based Field Test 22

23 CBT Accommodations for English Learners (Identified during Registration) 23 AccommodationAvailabilityAdministration Extended Time All Grades/Content Areas Student gets extended time accommodation and may have until the end of the school day to complete a test session. It is recommended to test students with extended time accommodations in a separate setting to minimize distractions for all students, and to schedule these students for testing in the morning so their testing time can be extended until the end of the school day, if needed. General Administration Directions Clarified Native Language All Grades/Content Areas Test Administrator clarifies directions in student’s native language, as requested by student. General Administration Directions Read Aloud and Repeated Native Language All Grades/Content Areas Test Administrator reads directions aloud and repeats in student’s native language, as requested by student.

24 CBT Accommodations for English Learners (Identified during Registration) 24 AccommodationAvailabilityAdministration Speech-to-Text Responses Dictated in English for the Mathematics assessments in English (See GUIDANCE p.31-32)GUIDANCE All Grades in Mathematics Student must be tested individually. Test administrator provides a microphone (may be embedded in device) and headphones. Student may choose to speak their written responses and responses will be captured via speech-to-text technology. Students may edit their responses outputted. Human scribes will need to input responses into TestNav according to the posted Scribe Guidelines.Scribe Guidelines If a human scribe/interpreter is needed, student must be tested individually. Test administrator scribes student responses according to the Scribe Guidelines.Scribe Guidelines Word-to-Word Dictionary (English/Native Language) All Grades/Content Areas Students may bring external published word-to-word English/native language dictionary. Dictionary may not include definitions or pictures. If there is no published word-to-word dictionary available, a unique request for an electronic word-to-word dictionary can be made.

25 Unique and Emergency Accommodations and Student Refusal Form 25

26 Unique Accommodations For the Field Test, unique accommodations requests must be submitted to the state at least four weeks prior to testing. Refer to Appendix F: Unique Accommodation Request Form For the Field Test, unique accommodations requests will be approved by the PARCC Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness Operational Working Group. 26

27 Emergency Accommodation An emergency accommodation is appropriate in cases where a student needs a new accommodation immediately prior to the assessment due to unforeseen circumstances. – Cases could include students who have a recently-fractured limb (e.g., arm, wrist, or shoulder); whose only pair of eyeglasses has broken; or a student returning from a serious or prolonged illness or injury. If prior to or during testing, the school principal (or principal’s designee) determines that a student requires an emergency accommodation, an emergency accommodation form must be completed and submitted to the state. Please refer to your state point of contact for additional details. Refer to Appendix G: Use of an Emergency Accommodation on a PARCC Assessment

28 Student Accommodation Refusal If a student refuses an accommodation listed in his or her IEP, 504 Plan, or EL plan (if used by your state), the school should document in writing that the student refused the accommodation, and the accommodation must be offered and remain available to the student during testing. School test coordinators should work with test administrators to determine if anyone else should be informed when a student refuses an accommodation documented in an IEP, 504 Plan or if available an EL plan (if used by your state). Please refer to your state point of contact for additional details. Refer to Appendix H: Student Accommodation Refusal Form 28

29 Additional Resources for PARCC Accessibility and Accommodations 29

30 Other Accessibility Resources PARCC Field Test Tutorials – w/TestNav 8 accessibility features training (CLICK HERE)CLICK HERE PARCC Sample Items (CLICK HERE)CLICK HERE PARCC Approved Accessibility Policy Manual & Implementation Guidance PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual Overview website page, including implementation appendices A-K Overview website page Translation Policy Memo Field Test Training Module on “Accessibility Features and Accommodations with Computer-Based Testing” (CLICK HERE)CLICK HERE Field Test Coordinator Manuals & Field Test Administrator Manuals for CBT and PBT (CLICK HERE)CLICK HERE

31 Call Toll free: (7:00 am – 9:00 pm EST, Mon. –Fri.) Online Support and Resources: PARCC Support Contact Information Contact PARCC Support for assistance with:  navigating PearsonAccess  navigating the Training Center  managing student data  setting up test sessions  managing user IDs and passwords  accessing resources  setting up proctor caching  submitting additional orders  shipment inquiries  TestNav 31

32 Thank you for your help in coordinating the PARCC Field Test! 32


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