DeSSA Accessibility Guidelines 2014-2015

Report
Office of Assessment
October 22, 2014
DeSSA Accessibility Guidelines
This document provides guidelines for making the following
decisions:
 Inclusion in these assessments
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SWD
ELL
SWD/ELL
Gen Education with supports (Smarter only)
 Identification of “General Education with Supports”
 students not identified as SWD or ELL that may be
provided supports during assessments
 Selection and provision of testing accommodations and
supports
 Selection of assessment in which a student will
participate
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DeSSA Accessibility Guidelines
Assessments covered by the Guidelines:
 Smarter (ELA/Math)
 DCAS (Science/Social Studies)
 High School End-of-Course (Math/U.S.History)
 DCAS-Alt1 (ELA/Math/Science/Social Studies)
 ACCESS & ACCESS ALT (English Language
Acquisition)
Student may not have the same accommodations on
every type of test – accommodations change with the
purpose of the test.
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Accessibility Guidelines
Training Sessions
 Face to face
 September 25, 26, and 29
 Live 1-hour webinars
 October 14
 One each for SWD, ELL, General Education with
Supports
 Webinar recording
 Estimated launch date: October 16
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Smarter
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What Are
Smarter “Designated Supports?”
 Another name for an accessibility feature of the test that
is available to selected groups of students
 Available to more student-types than Smarter
Accommodations
 Might be called accommodations on another test
(i.e., DCAS)
 Might be called universal tools on another test
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What Are
Smarter “Universal Tools?”
 Accessibility feature available to all students
 No need to select prior to test
 Student selects independently/spontaneously during
the test
Accommodations, Supports and Universal Tools can be
practiced on the Practice Test site. An online training
module for Universal Tools is available on the Smarter
website.
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Smarter – DCAS Crosswalk
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/assessment/files/Accoms_Crosswalk_DCAS-SBAC.pdf
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Refreshable Braille on Smarter
 Refreshable and Paper Braille are available on Smarter
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in 2015
However, this does not constitute permission to opt out
of instruction and assessment in refreshable braille
Smarter States are obligated to move towards full
implementation of refreshable braille for all braille-using
students over the next two years
Purchase of the equipment is costly and may require
planning. Exceptional Children has special High Needs
funding to help
Consult the student’s TVI to determine if student is ready
for refreshable braille use on the test
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Zoom Text
 Commonly used with students with visual
impairments on DCAS
 Software runs simultaneously with Secure Browser
 Allows additional magnification beyond what
browser allows
 Needs to go through the the External Device
Certification process
 Zoom Text not yet listed as a certified
company/product on the website that announces
companies and products that have been certified
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Hand-Held Calculator
 Only permitted if student’s usual calculator is adaptive in design; needed
due to a sensory issue
 Talking
 Large display
 Large buttons
 Braille
 Students may not use hand held calculator as a result of preference or other
reason
 Otherwise, online calculator should be used
 No calculator permitted on the non-calculator portion of the math test – not
even an adaptive calculator!
 Hand Held calculator is anticipated to be permitted on the paper/pencil
mathematics test – only on calculator permitted sections.
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Accommodations & Supports for Students
with Reading Learning and Print Disabilities
Item
DCAS
Science/Social
Studies and EOC
Math/History
Smarter ELA/Math
Text to Speech
– Test
Questions
Available
Available as a support (all grades). Activates
TTS on questions in ELA and Math. Also
Activates TTS of passages in ELA PT.
Human Reader
– Test
Questions
Available
Available as a support in ELA and Math (all
grades). Passages on ELA PT are considered
part of the question – these may be read.
Text to Speech
– Reading
Passages
Not Applicable
Permitted as an accommodation for ELA in
grades 6-8 & 11 with a DOE-approved TTS/HR
verification form.
Human Reader
– Reading
Passages
Not Applicable
Permitted as an accommodation for ELA in
grades 3-8 & 11 with a DOE-approved TTS/HR
verification form.
Spanish voices for TTS are expected to be available on Math in Spring 2015.
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Verification Form
TTS/Human Reader (Passages)
 Verification form to
be completed by
appropriate school
staff
Need new
screen shot
of final form
 Provide justification
of print disability and
information on
reading supports
 Required to submit
to DOE for students
in all grades who are
expected to receive
this accommodation
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Do I Need an IEP Revision Meeting?
 If the change is substantive, “YES”
 If the change is not substantive, answer may still be
“YES”
 Exceptional Children group will issue a memo
addressing the decision on whether an IEP revision
meeting is needed
 If accommodations are identical to what student had
on DCAS and only the codes are different, then no
revision meeting is needed
 Further information is available from
[email protected]
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Supports for Limited English Language
Proficiency
Item
DCAS Science/Social
Studies and EOC
Math/History
Smarter ELA/Math
Text to Speech – Test
Questions
Available
Available for ELA & Math
Human Reader – Test
Questions
Available
Available for ELA & Math
Text to Speech –
Reading Passages
Not Applicable
Not Available
Human Reader –
Reading Passages
Not Applicable
Not Available
We expect Smarter to announce that TTS to be available in Spanish for math in spring 2015
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Language Translation Supports
Item
DCAS Science/Social
Studies and EOC
Math/History
Smarter ELA/Math
Full Spanish Translation
– Stacked (online)
Available
Available for Math only
(not permitted for ELA)
Full translation in Other
Languages (besides
Spanish)
Human
Interpreter/Translator
Not available. Human
Interpreter/Translator
NOT PERMITTED
Print Glossary or word to Permitted in print.
word dictionary
Selected by school
Available from Smarter
in 10 languages. Use of
non-Smarter-produced
glossary not permitted.
For MATH only.
Online glossary or wordto-word dictionary
Available for 10
languages with audio.
For MATH only.
Not available
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Translated Glossaries & Full Translations
 Following languages are listed in the Smarter
Accommodation & Supports “Frequently Asked
Questions”
 Vietnamese
 Mandarin
 Arabic
 Korean
 Tagalog
 Punjabi
 Ilokano/Ilocano
 Russian
 Cantonese
 Ukrainian
 Full translation for Spanish (“stacked” with English )
 Math only (not ELA)
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General Education With Supports:
Identifying Students
 Consider the following students for possible
identification:
 Struggling and at-risk students
 Students receiving RTI interventions
 Students referred to the school’s problem-solving
team
 Students with physical injuries
 Supports should be identified by a team:
 RTI Committee/PLC
 Problem Solving Team (IST/ICT/SIT)
 English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC)
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Within District Process for General
Education With Supports
 District- or school-specific—state does not dictate
 Depends on your building’s structure and existing
mechanisms
 Documentation should be clear and present but is
not required to be the same as required for students
with IEPs
 Use the existing forms provided in Accessibility
Guidelines
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DCAS
 Content areas
 Science and Social Studies
 Same policy as previous years
 Accommodations only
 No supports
 For formally identified students only
 ELL (English language learners)
 SWD (Students with disabilities)
 Universal design features for all
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Accommodations Forms
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Assessment Accommodations Database
 Access via IMS
 Contains Accommodations and Supports for
 Students with Disabilities (IEP, 504)
 Flag=Y in eSchool, Delsis
 ELLs
 Flag=Y in ELL 2.0
 Gen Ed with Supports
 Flag=Y in eSchool on Accountability screen
 Enter, list, or report Accommodations and Supports
 Data for AIR TIDE (Test Information Distribution
Engine) is extracted from it
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Help! None of Our Reading
Accommodations “Rolled Up”
 Accommodations could not be rolled up from 2014 DCAS
reading to 2015 Smarter ELA. They are too different.
 The only math accommodations in the system are 2015
DCAS math accommodations in the case of EOC Math
takers.
 Rolled up in all grades, not just high school
 All Smarter ELA accommodations and supports must be
entered
 Use the crosswalk from last spring’s field test
 Determine what accommodations and supports offered on
Smarter ELA are similar to DCAS Reading Accommodations.
 Schools must also enter all Smarter math accommodations
and supports.
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Smarter Reset Policy
 Most frequent reason for reset requests on DCAS is incorrect
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accommodations
Smarter Policy is different from previous DCAS Reset Policy
If 6 or more items have been answered, no reset will be granted.
 If the test was administered incorrectly (e.g., the wrong
accommodations were provided), the test will be invalidated, and
student will not get another opportunity to test.
If fewer than 6 items have been answered, a reset can be granted.
 If the test was administered incorrectly, the test reset will give
you another chance to administer the test correctly.
Resets are not granted in the case of incorrectly delivered nonembedded accommodations/supports. Only for embedded.
DCAS/EOC will adopt the new Smarter reset policy.
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Upcoming Training, Contacts
 Sarah Celestin – Students
with Disabilities
 Additional Accessibility
o 302-735-4210
o [email protected]
Guidelines training for
DCAS--ALT 1 coordinators
 Terry Richard – English
and test administrators
Language Learners
 DOE Training on how to use
o 302-735-4210
the Assessment
o [email protected]
Accommodations Database
 Smarter module on
 Helen Dennis – Office of
universal tools
Assessment
o 302-735-4090
o [email protected]
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