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Testing Accommodations Guide: Part 2 (English Learners)


Friday, February 15, 2019

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 II of this guide apply to ELs taking content-specific statewide assessments and to ELs taking the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. Please note that the accommodations for ELs taking content-specific statewide assessments may not be appropriate for the English language proficiency test, because it focuses on language proficiency rather than content area knowledge and skills. For more information regarding accommodations on English language proficiency tests, visit the WIDA website.

Part II of this guide provides an overview of each accommodation for ELs, its intended use, and eligibility criteria. Additionally, this manual 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 manual. Please contact the OSSE Office of Data, Assessment, and Research (DAR) for further information at [email protected] or visit the OSSE Testing Accommodations website.


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