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Accommodations Policies and Training: What Do We Know So Far?. Laurene Christensen NCEO Teleconference September 29, 2008. CCSSO Accommodations Manual. Published in 2005 Developed in collaboration with ASES SCASS

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accommodations policies and training what do we know so far

Accommodations Policies and Training: What Do We Know So Far?

Laurene Christensen

NCEO Teleconference

September 29, 2008

ccsso accommodations manual
CCSSO Accommodations Manual
  • Published in 2005
  • Developed in collaboration with ASES SCASS
  • Presents a 5-step process for making decisions about accommodations for instruction and assessment
  • Customizable for each state’s needs

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

how have states adapted the ccsso manual
How have states adapted the CCSSO Manual?

Examples:

Minnesota

Washington

minnesota accommodations manual
Minnesota Accommodations Manual
  • Minnesota theme
  • Complements the Minnesota Procedures Manual
  • Updated content
    • Inclusion of ELLs with disabilities
    • Updated definitions of accommodations
    • Increased focus on test validity
    • Updated tools
slide5

Decision Framework forAssessment Accommodations

STEP

3

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

tool 3 1 page 54
Tool 3.1 Page 54

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

mn training model
MN Training Model
  • Train the trainer model
  • In 2008, roughly 220 people participated in the training
  • Used both in-person and teleconference formats for training
  • Included updated training manual, which has multiple-format activities and evaluation forms to be used in districts
washington accommodations manual
Washington Accommodations Manual
  • CCSSO decision-making process embedded in manual
  • WA policies included in manual
  • Concrete examples to assist decision-makers
  • Designed with pull-out sections
washington accommodations review process
Washington Accommodations Review Process
  • Requests for unique accommodations are made to the state
  • Requests are recorded and reviewed each year by a team
  • Changes are reflected in subsequent years
washington training model
Washington Training Model
  • WA trains a core group of 12 trainers at the state level; core group is updated yearly
  • This group then brings training to the district level
  • Special education directors are trained using a similar model
future directions in accommodations manuals and trainings
Future Directions in Accommodations Manuals and Trainings
  • Continuing to provide information on accommodations policies and decision-making on an as needed, on demand basis
  • Making sure of the integrity of the information as it reaches its intended audience
  • Focusing on sound policies and decision-making as a basis for maintaining validity of the assessment
  • Maintaining accurate records of training and decision-making processes at the local level
  • Studying the effects of training on decision-making and on student outcomes
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