May 28, 2014

New Testing Accomodations

Illinois field test contacts,

Please consider this informative online meeting opportunity.

Live Online Chat:

Accommodations and the Common-Core Assessments
When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 3 to 4 p.m. ET

The common-core tests being developed by two state consortia—PARCC and Smarter Balanced—offer the promise of more inclusion and self-sufficiency for students with special needs and English-language learners. However, the two assessment groups have chosen to offer some critical accommodations quite differently—most notably the read-aloud accommodation, also known as text-to-speech.

In this chat, accessibility experts who have worked on the consortia’s common-core assessments will answer questions about the support features available and how they’re best used for students with special needs and ELLs. They’ll also discuss the many ways the computer-based exams will change the testing experience for students and improvements they hope to make down the road.

Guests:

Magda Chia, director, system design, and director, support for under-represented students, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Tamara Reavis, senior adviser for assessment, accessibility, and equity at PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

This chat will be moderated by Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week.

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