Universal DEsign Principles at workPARCC used universal design principles to make the new tests as accessible as possible to all students, including English learners and students with disabilities. Universal design is rooted in a set of principles that give all students equal opportunity to show what they know and can do on PARCC assessments.
The goal is for the PARCC state assessments to be given to all students, except those with the most significant cognitive disabilities, who will be given an alternate assessment by the state. Some PARCC states are working with other consortia to develop tests for those students, and other states are working to develop their own assessments.
Policies and practices are established by operational and technical working groups.
The Fourth Edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual (September 19, 2015), is a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the PARCC, assessments provide valid results for all participating students. A What's New document has been created to provide changes that occurred between the third and the fourth version of the manual.
PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual
PARCC Tools, Accessibility Features, and Accommodations Available for Student PracticeThis important resource includes practice tests, tutorials, sample items and training modules. This document includes a chart listing each of the tools, accessibility features, or accommodations along with the location of where they can be found to help students, teachers, and parents become familiar with the functionality.
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