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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 Far?

  • 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? Far?

Examples:

Minnesota

Washington


Minnesota accommodations manual
Minnesota Accommodations Manual Far?

  • 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


Decision Framework for Far?Assessment Accommodations

STEP

3

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


Tool 2 1 page 33
Tool 2.1 Far?Page 33



Tool 3 1 page 54
Tool 3.1 Far?Page 54

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


Mn training model
MN Training Model Far?

  • 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 Far?

  • 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 Far?

  • 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


Page 12 Far?


Page 6/26 Far?


Page 22 Far?


Washington training model
Washington Training Model Far?

  • 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 Far?

  • 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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