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1 Leveling the Playing Field: Accommodations for Students with Specific Learning Disability Kate Currawalla Maharashtra Dyslexia Association

2 WHY DO STUDENTS WITH SLD NEED ACCOMMODATIONS???

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6 PROVISIONS Government of Maharashtra School Education and Sports Department Government Resolution No. SSP 2006/(231/06)Prashi5. 7 th September 2006

7 PROVISIONS SSC (UPTO STD X) 25% extra time Oral Test along with the written examination for Standard I to IX. Promotion to next class on the basis of the Average Scribe/typewriter Question papers to be read out Exemption from one language other than English

8 PROVISIONS SSC……… Arithmetic Standard I to IV – errors of interchanging of computation signs and number reversal to be ignored Arithmetic of Standard V in Standard V & VI Arithmetic of Standard VI in Standard VII & VIII Arithmetic of Standard VII in Standard IX & X ICSE & CBSE students of Standard IX and X can choose to take exemption from Mathematics.

9 PROVISIONS SSC……. Spelling errors and incorrect sentence construction to be ignored. Errors in respect of showing directions in Geography to be ignored. Students between Standard I & X exempted from drawing diagrams, graphs, maps and charts. Marks for such questions proportionately distributed to the other questions or students to be provided with supplementary questions.

10 PROVISIONS SSC…… 20% consolidated grace marks in one or more subjects Students are permitted to write in ordinary print Exempted from having to write answers in detail during exams Physiology & Hygiene in lieu of Science Details available on the government website Computer code number

11 It is important to apply these provisions in spirit and not just to the letter! –Understand the nature of difficulties faced by an individual student –Recognise strengths and build on them –Use innovative strategies that may not be mandated

12 PROVISIONS – ICSE (STD X) Exemption from 2nd Language ??? Extra time – 15 minutes per hour 45 minutes for a 2 ½ hours paper Amanuensis / Computer Question papers to be read out to the student. Use of a calculator for any calculations in certain cases. (Maths & Science are optional subjects)

13 PROVISIONS (CBSE) Amanuensis Additional 1 hour time for each paper English & any four of the following subjects Mathematics Science Social Science Another Language Music Painting Home Science Introductory Information Technology

14 PROVISIONS AT HSC EXAMINATIONS

15 Provisions at H.S.C. Examinations Extra Time: One Hour Option of Vocational subjects instead of second language Use of amanuensis, if required. Calculator for Math in all streams & Book- Keeping and Accountancy, Commerce Stream in cases of Dyscalculia

16 Educational Testing Service Policy, Effective November 1, 2005.

17 ETS Accommodations Some accommodations that may be approved include:

18 ETS Computer-Based Testing Extended testing time (all tests are timed) Additional rest breaks Reader Recorder / writer of answers Selectable background and foreground colours Alternate test formats: Audio recording Large print

19 ETS Computer-Based Testing…… The following may be made available to those familiar with their use: Kensington Trackball mouse HeadMasterTM Plus mouse IntelliKeys® keyboard Keyboard with touchpad Magnifying Text on Computer Screens

20 Paper-based Tests Extended testing time (all tests are timed) Additional rest breaks Writer / recorder of answers Reader Large print question paper Large-print answer sheet Audio recording Audio recording with large-print figure supplement

21 When and why should a student drop a language? Students with significant language difficulties benefit from concentrating on a single language. Students can ideally attend class/give oral tests or study a reduced portion. Dropping a language in the higher classes allows student to focus on core subjects.

22 Should LD students drop Mathematics? Higher thinking skills / mathematics can be a gateway to higher education. Many vocational courses require basic mathematical skills (up to std. X or XII) Universities abroad do require a foundation in mathematics, but there are ways to fulfill this requirement later.

23 In determining what provisions to access, it is important to consider: Future career options Nature of the student’s difficulties Training the student to derive the maximum benefit from provisions such as extra time or use of a reader.

24 “Let no child be demeaned, nor have his wonder diminished, because of our ignorance or inactivity. Let no child be deprived of discover because we lack the resources to discover his problem. Let no child ever doubt himself or his mind because we are unsure of our commitment.” National Center for Learning Disabilities


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