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  1. Monitoring Accommodations in Florida Karen Denbroeder Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

  2. Florida Statewide Assessment System • Established in Florida statute • Participation in statewide assessments is mandatory for all students in public schools • If a student does not participate, parents must be notified of the implications of nonparticipation

  3. Florida Statewide Assessment System • Written parental consent is required for a student to receive classroom instructional accommodations that would not be available or allowable on statewide assessments. • Parent must acknowledge in writing that he/she understands the implications of such instructional accommodations.

  4. Florida Statewide Assessment System • LEAs provide assurances in Policies and Procedures for the Provision of Specially Designed Instruction and Related Services for Exceptional Students

  5. Training • District assessment coordinators • FCAT Administration Manual • Annual assessment coordinators meeting • School assessment coordinators • LEAs provide school level training • School assessment coordinators train test administrators and proctors

  6. Training • IEP teams • IEP team guide to FCAT • Accommodations – Assisting Students with Disabilities – Educator’s Guide • Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities – What Parents Need to Know • District Guide for Meeting the Needs of Students (504)

  7. Reporting • IEP team accommodation decisions recorded on IEP • During testing window, accommodations provided are bubbled on answer document

  8. Monitoring • School test coordinator is responsible for insuring accommodations are provided • Included in training required for test administrators and proctors

  9. Monitoring • Special Education Office Monitoring Unit • LEAs selected through focused monitoring • On-site reviews: • Reviews IEP and reported accommodations alignment • Interviews teachers about decision-making process • Offers focus groups with parents

  10. Monitoring • District self assessment 2007-08 • Selects sample of records • Reviews records for alignment of provision of accommodations and IEP • Reviews records for decision-making for accommodations

  11. Next steps • Develop and pilot a classroom walk through tool for school and district personnel • Accommodations on IEP? • Accommodations provided in each content area? • Accommodations marked on answer document?