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Testing Accommodations Guide: Part 1 (Students with Disabilities)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) supports the use of appropriate testing accommodations for all District of Columbia’s students with disabilities (SWDs), English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities. The 2019-20 Testing Accommodations Guide was created to ensure that:

  • Participation in assessments for SWDs and ELs is consistent in all District of Columbia districts, schools, and programs;
  • Appropriate accessibility features are provided to students who need them;
  • Appropriate accommodations are provided to all eligible qualified students; and
  • Accommodations used in assessment are also used in daily instruction.

The information and requirements described in Part I of this guide apply to students with disabilities, i.e., students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan (504 plan), in all public schools and to students in nonpublic settings whose education is supported by District of Columbia public funding. Part II of this guide will focus on accommodations for ELs, with a listing of available accommodations and applicable guidance for implementing appropriate accommodations. ELs with a disability are eligible for both categories of accommodations.


Part I of this guide is meant to be a guide for IEP teams and Section 504 teams, as it provides an overview of each accommodation, its intended use, and eligibility criteria. Additionally, this guide connects each accommodation to its equivalent accommodation, accessibility feature, or administrative consideration specific to each DC statewide assessment.


Additional materials and technical assistance are available to help school personnel become more familiar with information presented in this guide.


For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Office of Data, Assessment, and Research (DAR) at [email protected] or visit the OSSE Testing Accommodations website.

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