ERIC Number: ED478071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in MCAS, Including Test Accommodations and Alternate Assessment. Spring 2003 Update: A Guide for Educators and Parents.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
This publication presents guidelines for parents and educators in making appropriate decisions about participation in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MACS) tests for students with disabilities, and it describes commonly used test accommodations. State law requires the participation in MCAS of all students who are educated with Massachusetts public funds. During its annual meeting each disabled student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or "504" Team will determine and document how each student will participate in the MCAS for each subject. The document contains specific guidelines to determine what is appropriate for the student. The use of the MCAS alternate assessment, designed for a very small number of students unable to take the MCAS, and commonly used testing accommodations are described. During 2003, the Massachusetts Department of Education will issue guidelines for the appropriate testing of students of limited English proficiency (LEP). Appendixes contain information on reading aloud as an accommodation and acknowledgments. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System