Monitoring Accommodations in Florida Karen Denbroeder Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
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
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.
Florida Statewide Assessment System • LEAs provide assurances in Policies and Procedures for the Provision of Specially Designed Instruction and Related Services for Exceptional Students
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
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)
Reporting • IEP team accommodation decisions recorded on IEP • During testing window, accommodations provided are bubbled on answer document
Monitoring • School test coordinator is responsible for insuring accommodations are provided • Included in training required for test administrators and proctors
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
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
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?