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									 Test Accommodations
         2008
 Students with Disabilities,
    504 Students, and
English Language Learners
          (ELLs)

 Presented by:

 Janice Koblick,                 Vicky Brioso-Saldala
 Curriculum Supervisor, SLD      Title III Coordinator
 Exceptional Student Education   Multicultural & ESOL Program Services Education
                                 Department


 February 7-8, 2008                                                                1
    Participation in Testing

   In general, ALL
students enrolled in
  the tested grade
    levels should
 participate in test
   administration.

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     Students with Disabilities
All students with disabilities participate in
assessment in one of the following ways:

•Some students with disabilities will participate in
 the same way as other students.

•Some students with disabilities will participate
 using allowable accommodations.

•A small percentage of students with disabilities will
 participate in an alternate assessment.
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 Students with Disabilities, cont.
For exemption of students with disabilities from
state and district assessments, all of the
following criteria must be met:
    1) The student’s demonstrated cognitive ability
       prevents the student from completing required
       coursework and achieving the Sunshine State
       Standards as incorporated by reference in Rule
       6A-1.09401, FAC., even with appropriate and
       allowable course modifications; and

    2) The student requires extensive direct instruction to
       accomplish the application and transfer of skills
       and competencies needed for domestic,
       community living, leisure, and vocational activities.
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    English Language Learners
              (ELLs)
   Schools are strongly encouraged to test all
    ELLs.
   Only ELLs 1 calendar year or less in an ESOL
    program may be exempt from testing.
                        AND
   Exemption requires convening and approval of
    a school-based individual ELL Committee.


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 All required procedures for ELL Committee
  review must be followed including parent
  invitation and notification of decision and
  ELLSEP folder documentation.

 The ELL Committee must determine which area,
  if any, of the FCAT the student should be
  exempted from taking.

 The ELL Committee should only exempt a
  student from participation in a component of the
  FCAT if it is determined that participation would
  have an unsound instructional effect on the
  student (DPS Memorandum 02-067).
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• Sample letters entitled
  –Testing: ELL Committee Meeting Invitation
                            and
  –Testing: ELL Committee Recommendation
are provided to schools and available electronically in
English, Haitian-Creole, Spanish and Portuguese @
www.broward.k12.fl.us/esol/Eng/Handbook.htm
  • Copy of letters for the student's ELLSEP folder
  • Original letters for parent

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• If an ELL is exempted, an alternative
  assessment must be administered in the
  test subject content from which the
  student was exempted and this data must
  be reported to the Multicultural & ESOL
  Program Services Education Department
  per procedures provided to schools.

• Alternative Assessment must
  measure how ELLs are
  progressing towards the
  attainment of the same
  benchmarks as the FCAT.
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           Deadlines to Remember
     Complete and send the following to Tania
Mena at the Multicultural & ESOL Program Services
Education Department:
•Names of students exempted from FCAT Writing
    (due February 1, 2008)

•Names of students exempted from FCAT Reading,
    Mathematics and/or Science
    (due February 22, 2008)

•ELL Alternative Assessment Documentation Form
     (due April 17, 2008)
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Administration Accommodations

 • Who is eligible?
   – ESE students with current IEPs
   – 504 students
   – ELLs




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 State Guidelines for Determining Appropriate
        Accommodations for Students
 Accommodations should:

• Facilitate accurate demonstration of student
  knowledge and skills
• Not provide an unfair advantage or interfere with
  validity; not change underlying skills being measured
• Be the same or nearly the same as adaptations used
  in classroom instruction and assessment activities
• Be necessary for student to demonstrate knowledge,
  ability, skill, or mastery

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Remember:
Arrangements for Accommodations for
Eligible Students

 – Must be made in advance
 – Accommodations provided
   to one student must not
   interfere with the testing of
   other students.

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Remember:
• School Testing Coordinators must provide
  opportunities for Test Administrators to become
  familiar with the allowable accommodations being
  provided.
• Students should receive instruction in testing
  procedures and have multiple opportunities to
  practice test-taking strategies.
• Students should also have the opportunity to
  practice using their accommodations in
  instructional and testing situations before taking
  the FCAT so they will be comfortable with the
  accommodations.
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   Allowable Accommodations for
      Students with Disabilities
• Presentation
   – Visual Accommodations
   – Auditory Accommodations
• Responding
   – Accommodations to Response Input
   – Accommodations to Response Preparation
• Scheduling
• Setting
• Assistive Devices

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              Presentation

• These documented accommodations are for
  students who:
  – need augmentation of the visual format (i.e.,
    large print versions, colored transparencies)
  – have difficulty hearing, understanding, or
    remembering verbal directions and information
    (i.e., directions repeated, summarized, or
    clarified).


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         Presentation, cont.
– are unable to read the
    • writing prompt (topic), items and answer choices
    • math and science test items and answer choices (i.e.,
      read all math/science questions but may not be
      reworded, summarized, or simplified)
– have difficulty maintaining attention and
  effort in written assessments (i.e., verbal
  encouragement)


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                Responding
• These documented accommodations
  are for students who:
 – have difficulty recording answers to test
   questions on a separate answer document (i.e.,
   enter answers directly in test booklet, dictate
   responses to the test proctor)
 – need assistance to use their own handwriting to
   write responses for performance tasks (i.e.,
   special paper with raised, shaded, or color-coded
   lines, math guides to organize math computation)

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                 Scheduling
• These documented accommodations
  are for students who:
  – require adjustments to the FCAT time
    limits or schedule (i.e., have extended
    time to take any session of the test, take
    the test in several brief sessions, take a
    specific session at a specific time of the
    day)



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                      Setting
• These documented accommodations are
  for students who:
  – are unable to sustain attention and effort in large
    group settings (i.e., in an individual or small group
    setting with increased or decreased opportunity for
    movement)
  – have special physical or sensory needs (i.e., in a
    classroom designed to accommodate special
    lighting or acoustic needs and FM systems)




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                 Assistive Devices
• These documented
  accommodations are for students
  who:
  – need assistive devices when taking the
    FCAT (i.e., technology such as word
    processing software, digital voice, tape
    recorder, or communication device for
    performance tasks or writing without
    accessing spelling or grammar check,
    visual magnification and auditory
    amplification devices)


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     Accommodations for ELLs
• The District is required to offer FCAT
  accommodations to ELLs who are
  currently receiving services in an
  English for Speakers of Other
  Languages (ESOL) program.
• Accommodations only apply to ELLs
  with an ELL code of LY.
• Students who have exited the ESOL
  program and are being monitored (LF)
  are not eligible for testing
  accommodations.

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     Allowable Accommodations for
                 ELLs
• The test may be administered with one of the
  following accommodations or a combination of
  these accommodations that are determined to be
  appropriate for the particular needs of the ELL:


    •Flexible Setting      •Assistance in the
                           Heritage Language
    •Flexible Scheduling
                           •Translation Dictionary
    •Flexible Timing
    (Additional Time)

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                Flexible Setting
• ELLs may be offered the opportunity to be tested in a
  separate room with the ESOL or heritage language teacher
  acting as test administrator.
• Parents must be informed of this option for students not of
  legal age and shall be given the opportunity to select the
  preferred method of test administration.
• A sample letter for schools to use to inform parents of the
  flexible setting accommodation has been provided to schools
  by the Multicultural & ESOL Program Services Education
  Department.



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        Flexible Setting, cont.
– Copy of letter for the student's ELLSEP folder

– Original letter for parent

– Letter available electronically in English, Haitian-
  Creole, Spanish and Portuguese @
  www.broward.k12.fl.us/esol/Eng/Handbook.htm




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       Flexible Scheduling

• ELLs may take a part or session of the
  test during several brief periods within
  one school day; however, a session of
  the test must be completed within one
  school day.



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        Flexible Timing
       (Additional Time)
• ELLs may be provided additional time;
  however, a session must be completed
  within one school day.




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  Assistance in the Heritage Language
• For the mathematics and science tests,
  – ELLs may be provided limited assistance by an ESOL or
    heritage language teacher using the student's heritage
    language.
  – The teacher may answer specific questions about a word
    or phrase that is confusing the student because of limited
    English proficiency, but is prohibited from giving
    assistance that will help the student solve mathematics
    problems and science test items.
  – The ESOL or heritage language teacher may answer
    student questions about the general test directions in their
    heritage language.
  – All student responses must be written in English.
    Responses written in languages other than English will not
    be scored.
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         Assistance in the Heritage
              Language, cont.
• For the reading test
  – The ESOL or heritage language teacher may answer
    student questions about the general test directions in a
    way that the student would not be led to infer the correct
    answer to any of the items.
  – The teacher is prohibited from reading words to the
    student from the passages, test items, and performance
    tasks, and from answering student questions about the
    passages, test items, and performance tasks.
  – All student responses must be written in English.
    Responses written in languages other than English will
    not be scored.


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  Assistance in the Heritage Language, cont.
• For the writing test (prompt & multiple-choice)
  – The ESOL or heritage language teacher may answer
    student questions about the general test directions in their
    heritage language.
  – The teacher may answer specific questions concerning a
    word or phrase that is confusing the student because of
    limited English proficiency, but is prohibited from giving
    assistance that will help the student respond to either the
    prompt or the item.
  – In no case shall assistance be given to the student in
    responding to the writing assessment prompt. The teacher
    is prohibited from reading the prompt to the student.
  – All student responses must be written in English.
    Responses written in languages other than English will not
    be scored.
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          Approved Dictionary
• ELLs must have access to an English-to-heritage
  language translation dictionary and/or heritage
  language-to-English translation dictionary, such as
  those made available to ELLs in an instructional
  setting.
• A dictionary providing definitions written exclusively
  in the heritage language or in English may not be
  provided.
• Use of electronic dictionaries is strictly prohibited and
  may be cause for invalidation.



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     Documentation of Testing
     Accommodations for ELLs

• Testing accommodations must be
  documented on the Accommodations
  Checklist for Active ELLs (LYs) available
  in Appendix R of the Multicultural &
  ESOL Program Services Education
  Department Handbook


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 For ELLs, the same accommodations
provided during testing must also be
provided on a regular basis during
classroom instruction.

 ESOL instructional strategies must
be documented in the teacher's plan
book using the appropriate codes from
the ESOL Instructional Strategies
Matrix.
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     Accommodations Prohibited
          During Testing
Section 1008.22 (3)(c) 6, Florida Statutes
... Accommodations that negate the validity of a
   statewide assessment are not allowable.
Some accommodations that students receive in the
classroom are not allowed on the FCAT. Examples of
accommodations that are NOT permitted include the
following:
 reduced number of test questions
 use of calculator for students in grades 3-6



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      Accommodations Prohibited
         During Testing, cont.
 having a proctor read aloud passages
  and items that test reading skills
 use of spelling or grammar check on
  written responses
 graphic organizer software to assist in
  preparing responses
 text-to-speech software for the
  reading portion of the test



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  Test Accommodations:
    Questions and Answers




See also Appendix A of 2008 FCAT SSS Test
Administration Manuals on Test Accommodations.



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      Contact Information
• Exceptional Student Education:
                754-321-2227

• Multicultural & ESOL Program Services
  Education:     754-321-2953

• 504/Psychological Services:
               754-321-2460

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