Are you concerned how your English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities will get a fair shot at the PARCC? Well today we have some answers, as PARCC announced the Accommodations that will be provided to English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
PARCC Final Manual
Click here for a link to the manual that outlines accommodations English-language learners and students with disabilities who take the new PARCC assessments.
PARCC & Smarter Balanced -Accommodations
PARCC is one of two groups of states designing common assessments to measure how well students are mastering the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics. The other is Smarter Balanced. Both groups have received scrutiny about what types of modifications and accommodations these students would receive. They had previously been debated and approved last month. The issues surrounding testing English Language Learners are complex, and you can read more about them here.
Ensuring Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners is one of the most important issues facing both PARCC and Smarter Balanced right now. While the goal of standardized testing is to take an equal assessment of ALL students, students that have historically received modifications or accommodations deserve the opportunity to have their real skills assessed.
With new question types that involve different modalities and as many as 12 different question types, debating how all students can be fairly assessed is one of the top goals for educators policy makers between now and when the tests start being used officially during the next school year.
USDOE Weighs In
Recently the U.S. Department of Ed told both PARCC and Smarter Balanced that the unique needs of English-learnersbefore tests are used in the fall.