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Testing Accommodations

2016-17 School Year Testing Accommodation Resources

2015-16 School Year Testing Accommodation Resources

PARCC Accommodations and Accessibility Features

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) and English language learners (ELLs).  The fifth edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual  is a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC Mid-Year, Performance-Based, and End-of-Year Assessments provide valid results for all participating students.

Four distinct groups of students may receive accommodations on PARCC assessments:

  • Students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP);
  • Students with a Section 504 plan who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such an impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment, but who do not qualify for special education services;
  • Students who are English learners; and
  • Students who are English learners and with disabilities who have an IEP or 504 plan. These students are eligible for both accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners.

By implementing universal design principles, leveraging technology, and offering accommodations, PARCC intends to provide opportunities for the widest possible number of students to demonstrate what they know and can do while maintaining high expectations for all students. Driven by what is expected of students in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the claims of the PARCC summative assessments, common policies for accommodations, participation, and assessment accessibility features will increase equitable access, fidelity of implementation, and comparability across PARCC states.

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual and Appendixes A- J

Additional PARCC Resources

Accommodations Studies

OSSE is committed to ongoing evaluation of accommodations available to students with disabilities and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. As a part of this effort, OSSE commissioned a study in 2009 on the use of accommodations by students with disabilities on the annual statewide assessment. The detailed report is available upon request. However, a summary of findings from the report is available.

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