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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Providing Technical Guidance on Consortium Policy

Throughout the accessibility policy development process, members of the technical working groups provided technical guidance and expert recommendations on consortium policies described in the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual.

The PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual is a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC annual assessments provide valid results for all participating students. The group also worked to ensure that Individualized Education Program teams receive information about the common assessment components and training to apply common accommodations guidelines.

Members have a range of expertise in access and accommodations for English learners, students with disabilities and underserved populations, as well as an understanding of K-12 academic content.

English Learner Subgroup

  • Diane August, American Institutes for Research
  • H. Gary Cook, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University
  • Alba Ortiz, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Charlene Rivera, George Washington University, Center for Equity and Excellence in Education

Students with Disabilities Subgroup

  • Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee
  • Claudia Flowers, University of North Carolina — Charlotte
  • Diane Spence, Region 4 Education Service Center, Braille Services
  • Martha Thurlow, National Center on Educational Outcomes
  • Daniel Wiener, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Equity and Underserved Populations Subgroup of the Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness TWG

  • Amy Epstein, Leadership Public Schools
  • Keena Arbuthnot, Louisiana State University
  • Edward Bosso, Gallaudet University
  • Yvette Jackson, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
  • Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University
  • Teresa L. McCarty, Arizona State University
  • Dianne Piche, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

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