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					    Testing
Accommodations
 TCAP Test Dates: April 16-19
      (Make Up April 20)
TCAP & Writing Assessment
Accommodations for:
 Everyone

        Education Only
 Special

 ELL Population Only

All Accommodations are
posted on the main
county website and on
the Testing link.
Allowable and Special
Accommodations
There are three types of
  accommodations used with
  the TCAP Assessments:
1.Accommodations for ALL
  Students
2.Special Accommodations as
  indicated in IEP or 504
  Plans.
3.English Language Learners
  (ELL).
Allowable and Special
Accommodations
   All students may use Allowable
    Accommodations as needed.
   Special Accommodations may be
    used if the student meets required
    conditions.
       Conditions are documented in the IEP or
        504 Service Plan and verified according to
        the student’s specific impairment or
        through individualized assessment
        showing the severity of the disability.
       If the required condition is not met, the
        student may not use the Special
        Accommodation.
   ELL Accommodations may be used
    by students who score as Limited
    English Proficient (LEP) on the ELDA.
Special Accommodations
   Special education personnel are
    responsible for ensuring proper use
    of Special Accommodations by
    special education students.
   Special education personnel are not
    responsible for overseeing Allowable
    Accommodations for students
    without IEPs.
   School level 504 Coordinators are
    responsible for ensuring proper use
    of accommodations by students
    receiving services under Section
    504.
   ESL personnel are responsible for
    ensuring proper use of ELL
    Accommodations by ELL students.
Standardized Test
   Any departure from standardized test
    procedures can potentially invalidate
    the test results. The test validity is
    seriously threatened by modifications
    that change the nature of the task
    being tested.
   Use of Allowable Accommodations
    should be based on individual
    student need.
   As with any accommodation,
    Allowable Accommodations must be
    used consistently by the student
    throughout curricular instruction
    during the school year.
Standardized Test

   Many of the Allowable
    Accommodations require
    planning by school personnel
    prior to TCAP test
    administration.
   The teacher must discuss the
    accommodations with the
    student prior to testing.
Accommodations ALL Students
   Calculators (Page 26 of the
    TCAP Test Administrators
    Manual):

   Calculator Use: Students may use
    a calculator on the TCAP
    Achievement Test per system policy.
    The student is responsible for
    bringing an acceptable calculator to
    the testing session. Sharing
    calculators during testing is not
    permitted. The Test Administrator is
    responsible for ensuring that
    students do not use calculator
    memory to store test information.
Calculator /Mathematics Tables
  Calculators may be used on
   TCAP Achievement 2007
   Grades 3–8, Form R
   Mathematics subtests, Part 1
   and Part 2 (TAM Page 26) IF
   students have been using
   them throughout the school
   year.
Accommodations ALL Students
The following types of
  calculators/devices may NOT be
  used during the test:
 Pocket organizers
 Electronic writing pads or input
  devices
 Calculators that can
  communicate (transfer data or
  information) wirelessly with
  other calculators/devices
 Calculators with symbolic
  algebra capabilities (e.g.,
  multiply or factor polynomials)
Accommodations ALL Students
Examples of prohibited calculators
  include:
 Casio models CFX-9970G and Algebra
  FX 2.0
 Hewlett-Packard models HP-40G and
  HP-49G
 Texas Instruments models TI-89, TI-
  92, and Voyage 200Students may use
  any four-function, scientific, or
  graphing calculator that does not have
  any of the above features.
The Test Administrator should verify that
  calculators used
  by the students do not have prohibited
  functions.
Large Print or Braille
(Readers for illustrations and graphs
  are permitted if verified Visual
  Impairment is documented on IEP)
 TCAP – Extended Time is allowed if
  student meets required conditions for
  Special Accommodation A
  (documented on the IEP or 504
  Service Plan)
 EOC – Extended Time is allowed if
  student meets required conditions for
  Special Accommodation
 Gateway – Untimed
 Writing Assessment – Extended
  Time is allowed if student meets
  required conditions for Special
  Accommodation A
Sign Oral Instructions Verbatim
(permitted on all tests)
   Directions normally read aloud to
    students may be signed verbatim for
    students who typically use sign
    language.
   Only spoken portions of the
    directions may be signed. This
    includes prompts for the Writing
    Assessment.
   The interpreter must not fingerspell
    words that have a commonly used
    sign.
   Test instructions may not be clarified
    in any manner.
Re-read/sign Oral
Instructions Verbatim
 Directions normally read
  aloud or signed to students
  may be re-read/signed
  verbatim as needed. This
  includes prompts for the
  Writing Assessment.
 Permitted on all tests
Flexible Setting (permitted
on all tests)
 Students may take tests in an
  individual or small group setting,
  seated in a designated area of the
  room, in a study carrel or in another
  classroom setting (e.g., library).
 Homebound students may take the
  test at home or another approved
  location with appropriate
  documentation.
Note: Recommended size for small
  group setting is two to five (2–5)
  students. Small group setting
  should NOT exceed ten (10)
  students.
Flexible Setting (permitted
on all tests)
 Individual Small
 Group Designated Part of
  Room
 Study Carrel
 Another Classroom
 Homebound/Out of School
Visual/Tactile Aids,
Magnification Equipment
   Aids may include magnifying
    devices, use of templates to
    reduce the amount of visible
    print on a page, masks,
    pointers and abacus.
Auditory Aids

   Auditory aids include
    amplification devices and
    devices that are used as noise
    buffers.
   This includes white noise
    machines
   Permitted on all tests
Multiple Testing Sessions
(within school day)
   TCAP tests or subtests may be given
    in smaller segments adhering to the
    allotted time for that test/subtest as
    specified in the Test Administration
    Manual.
   Use of this accommodation requires
    individual or small group setting.
    Breaks taken by the student during
    the testing period must be closely
    supervised.
   As an Allowable Accommodation,
    “Multiple Testing Sessions” does not
    apply to an entire general education
    classroom, but may be appropriate
    for a few students within that class.
Flexible Scheduling
   Each test/subtest given must be
    completed within the school day.
   As an Allowable Accommodation,
    Flexible Scheduling does not apply to
    an entire general education classroom,
    but may be appropriate for a few
    students within that class.
   Prior arrangements must be made with
    the Building Level Testing Coordinator.
   Questions about appropriate use of this
    accommodation should be directed to
    the System Testing Coordinator.
   All testing must be completed within the
    system’s testing window.
   Permitted on all tests
Scribe/Recording Answers
   Students who cannot mark their own
    answer documents may use an
    impartial Scribe.
   A Scribe may be used to record
    responses or to transcribe the
    student’s answers from a modified
    answer document or test booklet.
   Students who cannot utilize the
    answer document may record
    directly in the test booklet or on a
    separate piece of paper.
   This accommodation may require
    special return packing procedures.
Scribe/Recording Answers
   This accommodation is considered a
    Special Accommodation for the Writing
    Assessment, and not allowed by all
    students. Students must meet the
    required conditions for Special
    Accommodation prior to its use.
   When there is a short-term situation (e.g.,
    broken dominant arm) where a student
    without an IEP or 504 Service Plan will
    require the use of a Scribe for the Writing
    Assessment, directions for Special
   Accommodation must be followed for the
    administration of the test. In this case,
    the System Testing Coordinator should
    submit a Unique Adaptive
    Accommodations Request Form for
    review and approval.
Marking In Test Booklet:
   With the exception of the
    Achievement Tests in grade 3,
    students in grades 4-8 may mark in
    test booklets.
   Stray marks in grades 3 test booklets
    could result in inaccurate scoring.
   This includes highlighting or
    underlining words or phrases.
   Careful attention must be given to
    ensure that students record all
    responses on their answer
    documents.
Student Reads Aloud to Self

   The student may read aloud the
    test being administered to
    himself/herself if in an individual
    setting.
   Allowable on all tests
    Special
Accommodations
    IEP and 504 Plans
IEP Team or Section 504
Committee
   Special accommodations are
    only for identified IEP or 504
    students.
   The accommodations must be
    used consistently during
    classroom instruction and
    assessments.
Special Accommodations

   An accommodation based
    solely on the potential to
    enhance the student’s
    performance beyond
    providing equal opportunity
    to demonstrate proficiency in
    content knowledge is
    inappropriate and can result
    in nullification of test scores.
Documentation of
Accommodations on IEPs and
504 Service Plans (See P. 4-6)
   504 Review Committees should attach to
    the student’s 504 Service Plan all TCAP
    Allowable/Special Accommodations
    Addenda that correspond to TCAP
    Assessments the student will be taking
    during the current school year.
   IEP Teams must complete the
    State/District-Mandated Assessments
    section of the IEP (shown on following
    page) and attach the TCAP
    Allowable/Special Accommodations
    Addendum for each TCAP Assessment
    that will be administered to the student
    during the school year.
Remember…

 SpecialAccommodations
 must be documented on
 the IEP or the 504
 Service Plan and used
 consistently in the
 classroom.
Extended Time
Extended   Time
 limits determined
 by IEP Team or
 504 Review
 Committee
Read Aloud Internal Test
Instructions
   TCAP
     504 Service Plan – Must be
      documented in the 504 service
      plan.
     IEPs Only – May be used for all
      subtests, As indicated for all
      tests/subtests, including those
      measuring reading language arts
Read Aloud Internal Test
Items
   TCAP
     504 Service Plan – Must be
      documented in the 504 service
      plan. Available for test that do
      not measure reading/language
      arts.
     IEPs Only – May be used for all
      subtests, As indicated for all
      tests/subtests, including those
      measuring reading language arts.
Prompting upon Request
What is prompting? For
students who may need only
certain words read to them
upon request.
 TCAP
   504 Service Plan - As indicated
    for use on tests that do not
    measuring reading/language arts
   IEPs Only – May be used for all
    subtests, As appropriately
    indicated for all tests/subtests,
    including those measuring reading
    language arts
Prompting upon Request

   EOC/Gateway
     504 Service Plan – For tests that
      do not measure reading/language
      arts.
     IEPs Only – May be used for all
      EOC and Gateway Tests,
      including EOC English I and
      Gateway Language Arts
Interpreter Signs/Cues Test
 TCAP
  IEPs   Only – May be used
   for ALL subtests, As
   indicated on IEP with
   verified Hearing
   Impairment/Deafness
Student Reads into Audio
Recorder: Plays Back
Immediately to Self

TCAP
 Extended Time limits
  determined by IEP Team or
  504 Review Committee
Calculator / Mathematics
Tables
 TCAP   - Allowable
 Accommodation but See
 list of prohibited
 calculators on district
 site.
Manipulatives

 TCAP
IEP or 504 Service Plan goal in
  mathematics where
  manipulatives are consistently
  used .
Manipulatives – counters,
  shapes, textured materials,
  representation of money,
  beads, any other items that may
  be physically counted or
  manipulated.
Assistive Technology

   TCAP
     IEP or 504 Service Plan goal where
      technology is used consistently
      throughout educational program
      (grammar, spell-check, and
      thesaurus not allowed)
     Technology used as
      accommodation is necessary for
      post-school success
Scribe
   TCAP
     Allowable Accommodation as
     indicated on IEP or 504
     Service Plan where used
     consistently in educational
     program or Due to short-term
     physical disability to write
Unique Accommodations

   Please see Unique Adaptive
    Accommodations Request Form in
    Appendix.
   IEP or 504 Plan documentation of
    use of accommodation not indicated
    in Allowable or Special
    Accommodations. Accommodation
    must be used 100% of the time in
    the needed areas and necessary for
    participation in the student’s
    educational program
Special Accommodations


          ELL Students
Extended Time - Score as limited
English proficient on state approved
language proficiency assessment
   TCAP - Time and a half per
    subtest
   EOC – Time and a half per test
   Gateway – not applicable –
    Untimed
   Writing Assessment - Time
    and a half
Extended Time

 Eligiblestudents using
 Accommodation Q should
 be given one and one-
 half (1 ½ ) times the
 standard time limits:
Bilingual Dictionary

   This accommodation may only
    be used for Mathematics parts 1
    and 2, Science, and Social
    Studies subtests.
   ELL Accommodation R may not
    be used for Language Arts,
    Reading, Spelling, Word
    Analysis, and Vocabulary
    subtests.
Read Aloud in English Internal
Test Instructions
This accommodation may be used for all
  subtests. Eligible students must receive this
  accommodation under the following
  conditions:
 The student must be tested in an isolated
  area in which students who do not need the
  accommodation may not hear the test
  administration. This must be provided in an
  individual or small group setting with
  students needing the same accommodation.
 Internal test instructions must be read exactly
  as they are written in the test book.
 Any variation from the text will invalidate
  the test.
Read Aloud in English
Internal Test Items
   This accommodation may only
    be used for Mathematics parts 1
    and 2, Science, and Social
    Studies subtests. ELL
    Accommodation T may not be
    used for Language Arts,
    Reading, Spelling, Word
    Analysis, and Vocabulary
    subtests.
Last Minute Questions
   Can students use number lines?NO
   Can we use graph paper for the
    math scratch paper? NO
   If a student transfers into the
    school and is enrolled today, is
    that student required to take the
    test on Monday? YES

            MEMBERSHIP
    Number 4 does not count for AYP
Last Minute Questions
   Does a student who took a
    TCAP achievement test in
    another state this year have to
    take this test? YES
   If a student is on special ed
    consultation, are they coded as
    special ed? YES
   If a student is no longer eligible
    for special ed services, is that
    student coded as regular ed? YES
Last Minute Questions

   How much time is extended time
    for a 504 or special ed student?
Specific time must be specified in 504
or IEP Plans

   What is a test booklet is found to
    be damaged before testing?
    Inactive test materials
   Do word walls need to be
    covered?
Last Minute Questions

   Do I use my answer sheets for
    HomeSchool students? NO

Other items of interest:
Third Grade upside down test
booklets…anyone???
There are NO students taking
TCAP Alt.
Only Grade 5 and 7
HomeSchoolers take the test.
  Questions?

 Remember April 23 Data Entry
meeting for Testing Coordinators!