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1 TASC Accommodations Training Copyright © 2013 by CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. This publication or portions thereof may not be reproduced and distributed. The TASC logo and Test Assessing Secondary Completion are trademarks of McGraw-Hill Education. All other brands and product names found in this publication are the property of their respective owners and are not associated with the publisher of this publication.

2 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Agenda Test accommodations overview Types of Accommodations – Allowable resources – Spanish version – Alternate formats – Special testing accommodations How to execute accommodations during testing – CBT – PBT 2

3 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodations and Resources Overview CTB/McGraw-Hill supports the intent of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and is committed to supporting access to the TASC for individuals with disabilities To this end, the TASC design includes accessible formats and allowable resources that are available to all examinees In addition, examinees with documented need may apply for special testing accommodations 3

4 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Types of Supports Examinees have access to three types of support during TASC testing: – Allowable resources: No formal approval is required for the use of these resources In some cases a prior notification form must be filled out and provided to the testing center at the time of scheduling so that the testing center can accommodate the request – Special Testing Accommodations: The examinee must request the use of these accommodations and formal approval from the CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC Accommodations Administrator is required prior to test administration Special testing accommodations are intended to account for the effects of a person’s disability on assessment results 4

5 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Types of Supports (continued) – Alternate Formats: TASC is available in English and Spanish in alternate formats including Braille and large print editions To receive alternate formats, the examinee must provide prior notification to the testing center A Prior Notification Form is available for download on the TASC website at 5

6 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Subject Areas TASC assesses five subject areas: – Language Arts: Reading – Language Arts: Writing – Mathematics – Science – Social Studies 6

7 Allowable Resources

8 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Allowable Resources Allowable resources : −Tools, procedures, and materials that an examinee may use to support test taking −Allowable resources include items such as earplugs, magnifying glasses, or seat cushions −No formal approval is required for the use of allowable resources −In some cases a notification form must be filled out and provided to the testing center prior to testing so that the testing center can prepare to support the request −A summary of allowable resources and the Prior Notification Form are available for download on the TASC website at −TASC Examinees should submit the Prior Notification Form to the Test Coordinator at the TASC Testing Center at the time they schedule or register for testing 8

9 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Test Formats Three TASC forms are available each year in English and Spanish in CBT and PBT – Forms A, B and C Alternate formats: – Large print – Braille (2 forms only each in English and Spanish) – Audio Large print and Braille require prior notification Audio requires prior approval 9

10 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Allowable tools, procedures, and materials Tool/MaterialPaper-Based Test (PBT)Computer-Based Test (CBT) Blank Place Markers Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of the standard TASC administration, may be used as a place-marker tool on the PBT. Prior notification is not required. Mark for Later Review is a navigation feature that is part of the standard CBT administration. Prior notification is not required. Cushion The TASC examinee may bring a seat cushion. Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring the cushion. The TASC examinee may bring a seat cushion. Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring the cushion. HighlighterHighlighters are not permitted on the PBT. No markings may be made on the PBT because the same test booklets are used for multiple examinees. A highlighter tool is available as part of standard CBT administration. Prior notification is not required. 10

11 Tool/MaterialPaper-Based Test (PBT)Computer-Based Test (CBT) Colored Scratch Paper Scratch paper is provided during testing by the testing center as part of standard test administration. All scratch paper is collected and destroyed at the conclusion of testing. Examinees may request lined paper or graph paper. Prior notification is not required. Scratch paper is provided during testing by the testing center as part of standard test administration. All scratch paper is collected and destroyed at the conclusion of testing. Examinees may request lined paper or graph paper. Prior notification is not required. Eraser Each TASC examinee is permitted to bring, or will be provided with, sharpened number 2 pencils and an eraser as part of standard test administration. Prior notification is not required. A digital eraser is available as part of standard CBT administration. Prior notification is not required. Option Eliminator Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of the standard TASC administration, may serve as an option eliminator on the PBT. Prior notification is not required. An option eliminator is available as part of standard CBT administration. Prior notification is not required. 11

12 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Tool/MaterialPaper-Based Test (PBT)Computer-Based Test (CBT) Blocking Ruler Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of the standard TASC administration, may be used in lieu of a blocking ruler on the PBT. Prior notification is not required. In the TASC CBT, a blocking ruler is available as part of standard administration. Prior notification is not required. Formula Sheet TASC examinees will be provided access to a formula sheet as part of standard test administration where applicable. Prior notification is not required. A formula sheet is available as part of standard CBT administration conditions where applicable. Prior notification is not required. Colored OverlaysAn examinee may use tinted clear plastic overlays over pages in the test booklet. Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring the overlays. The CBT has configurable settings for background color, font color and font size. Prior notification is required. The administrator must change system settings to support the examinee’s request. 12

13 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Tool/MaterialPaper-Based Test (PBT)Computer-Based Test (CBT) Noise Reduction The examinee may use earplugs to reduce background noise. The examinee will need to provide his or her own such device and make it available to the Examiner for inspection prior to testing. Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring the device and earplugs. In the CBT, an auditory calming tool is available. Earphones must be requested from the test center in advance. Prior notification is required. The administrator must change system settings to support the examinee’s request. Magnifying Device An examinee may use handheld magnifiers, eyeglass-mounted magnifiers, freestanding magnifiers, or magnifying overlays, to enlarge text and graphics. Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring the device. A digital magnifying glass is available in the CBT. Prior notification is required. The administrator must change system settings to support the examinee’s request. Straightedge The TASC examinee may use scratch paper provided by the test center to aid in spatial orientation and reading. Prior notification is not required. A masking ruler tool is available in the CBT. Prior notification is required. The administrator must change system settings to support the examinee’s request. MagnificationA large ‐ print edition (PBT) is available upon request. Prior notification is required. Large font is available on the CBT. Prior notification is required. The administrator must change system settings to support the examinee’s request. 13

14 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. CBT Allowable Resources For computer-based features that are available as allowable resources, the Test Coordinator may need to change system settings in order to provide for the system functionality that will enable examinee use The examinee should provide prior notification to the testing center for those features to be made available 14

15 Special Testing Accommodations

16 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Special Testing Accommodations Special testing accommodations : −Only provided to examinees with appropriate documentation diagnosing their disability or disorder and supporting the need for the recommended accommodation – An examinee may only receive a special testing accommodation if he or she has submitted a TASC Special Testing Accommodations Request Form to be formally approved by a CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC Accommodations Administrator – The request form must contain accommodations recommendations from a physician, psychiatrist, or other appropriately licensed professional In these cases, examinees may only receive the accommodation(s) that have been specifically approved 16

17 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodations Process Test Coordinators and examinees will receive notification from TASC Accommodations Administrators as to the specific accommodations approved Examiners will receive instructions from the Test Coordinator as to which accommodations to provide to a particular examinee 17

18 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Special Testing Accommodations: Alternate Presentations Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Alternate Presentation Audio CD of Subject- area Tests YES An audio CD presentation of TASC Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing is available in English and Spanish. A CD player is required and should be provided by the test center. DVD of Signed Version of Test Instructions YES A DVD of signed instructions in American Sign Language is available to examinees. A DVD player and appropriate viewing device is required. A DVD player should be provided by the test center. Screen Reader (CBT) YESThe TASC CBT has screen reader functionality. The examinee activates the reader by positioning the cursor on the text and clicking. 18

19 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Breaks Supervised BreaksYES Both the PBT and the CBT can be administered with supervised breaks. The CBT can be paused for up to 20 minutes to accommodate a break. Multiple SessionsYES The TASC PBT can be administered over multiple sessions. The coordinator will store the assessment in a locked cabinet between sessions. The examinee must be supervised during breaks. Special Testing Accommodations: Breaks 19

20 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Calculator Calculator Memory Function YES The memory function of a calculator can be used to support working memory. In these cases, it is expected that the examinee knows how to use this feature and has experience with this accommodation. Talking CalculatorYES An examinee with visual impairments or print disability may receive approval to use a talking calculator during testing. Special Testing Accommodations: Calculator 20

21 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Duration 1.25 Times Standard Testing Time YES Extended testing time is an accommodation that is provided at 1.25 (1 ¼) times the standard administration time. This duration is available only for the PBT Times Standard Testing Time YES Extended testing time is an accommodation that is provided at 1.5 (1 ½) times the standard administration time. This duration is available for both the PBT and the CBT. Twice the Standard Testing Time YES Extended testing time is an accommodation that is provided at 2.0 (2) times the standard administration time. This duration is available only for the PBT. Special Testing Accommodations: Duration 21

22 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Physical Support Preferential Seating Location YES Preferential seating refers to seating in a location that supports the examinee’s testing experience. Preferential seating may be free from distractions, have special lighting conditions, have extra desk space for large materials, (large-print or Braille materials), etc. Adaptive EquipmentYES Assistive technology (PBT only), pencil grips, etc. Adaptive FurnitureYES Adjustable height desks, cushioned furniture, wheel chair friendly desk, chairs with armrests, etc. Other Other physical support accommodations may be approved based on the examinee’s particular needs. Special Testing Accommodations: Physical Support 22

23 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Scribe Point or Dictate Answers YES A scribe may be provided for the PBT. The scribe must be qualified, have appropriate training, and follow specified guidelines. For the Writing TestYES Special Testing Accommodations: Scribe 23

24 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Technology Device Technology-assisted Writing YES Technology-assisted writing is an accommodation when the following features are disengaged: formatting, spell check, and grammar check. Assistive Technology Device YES Examinees may use personal assistive technology devices. However, all assessment content must be deleted from the device following testing. Special Testing Accommodations: Technology Device 24

25 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Separate Room YES An examinee may be tested in a separate location with a qualified examiner present. Special Testing Accommodations: Separate Room 25

26 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription Small Group Setting YES An examinee may be tested in a small group setting with a qualified examiner present. Special Testing Accommodations: Small Group Setting 26

27 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Accommodation Category Accommodation Details PBTCBTDescription OtherTo be described in the Request Form YES Accommodations not otherwise listed may be approved based on the Evaluator’s recommendation and the Examinee’s particular needs. Special arrangements may be required to support such accommodations and not all testing centers may be able to provide all approved accommodations. Special Testing Accommodations: Other 27

28 Special Testing Accommodations Request Form

29 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Applying for Special Testing Accommodations To apply for Special Testing Accommodations for the TASC, the request form should be completed by the TASC Examinee (with the support of an Advocate, if desired) and by a licensed professional Evaluator The Examinee should deliver the completed form to the TASC Test Coordinator at the local testing site for processing and verification Once verified, the request form is to be submitted to CTB/McGraw-Hill’s TASC Accommodations Administrator for review and approval 29

30 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Request Form The request form has four sections: – Sections 1, 2, and 3 must be completed prior to the request being sent to the CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC Accommodations Administrator for review Sectionis completed by the… 1Examinee 2Evaluator (a licensed professional who can diagnose the Examinee’s disability and recommend appropriate accommodations) 3TASC Test Coordinator at the Examinee’s local TASC Testing Center 4CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC Accommodations Administrator 30

31 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Steps to complete accommodations request 1.The Examinee completes Section 1 (with the support of an Advocate, if desired) 2.The Evaluator completes Section 2 and provides supporting documentation in the form of an Evaluation Report 3.The Examinee provides the request form to the TASC Test Coordinator at the local testing center 4.The TASC Test Coordinator and Examinee review Sections 1 and 2 for completeness 5.If Sections 1 and 2 are deemed complete, the TASC Test Coordinator completes Section 3 31

32 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Steps (continued) 6.The Examinee sends the request form and supporting documentation, such as the Evaluation Report, to the CTB/McGraw-Hill TASC Accommodations Administrator for review 7.The TASC Accommodations Administrator reviews the request form, makes an approval decision, and mails the decision letter to the Examinee and local testing center 8.After the request form has been submitted to the TASC Accommodations Administrator, the Examinee can or call between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time for questions about the status of a request 32

33 Final thoughts…

34 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Documentation The following additional important documents, available on the TASC website at will help the Examinee and Evaluator prepare the request form for submission:www.TASCtest.com – Overview of TASC Accommodations – TASC Allowable Resources and Prior Notification Form – TASC Special Testing Accommodations Descriptions – Examinee Guidelines for Requesting TASC Special Testing Accommodations – Evaluator Guidelines for Requesting TASC Special Testing Accommodations – TASC Special Testing Accommodations Approval Criteria 34

35 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Customer Support TASC Technical Support – – Toll Free: (888) – Hours: 7:30am – 8pm EST 35

36 Copyright © 2013 CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. Questions/Comments? Please forward your questions and comments to: 36


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