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November 05, 2014

Smarter Balanced Reports Student Views on Field-Test Accommodations

A report from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium suggests that built-in test accommodations are easy to use, but that more students need to become familiar with them.

December 30, 2013

Special Educator Interest in Common Core Heated Up in 2013

Blog readers this year were particularly interested in learning about common-core test accommodations and lesson plans, but they also turned their attention to classroom research.

December 16, 2013

Resources for Writing IEPs Aligned to Common-Core Standards

This list is a starting point for educators seeking examples of standards-based IEP goals tied to the Common Core State Standards, currently adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

November 25, 2013

Webchat to Feature Advice on Linking Common Core and Standards-Based IEPs

Two educators with experience in professional development and special education will answer questions about the common core and standards-based individualized education programs.

November 12, 2013

New Website Offers Common-Core Lesson Plans for Special Educators

The website Power Up WHAT WORKS connects technology and instructional strategies geared toward students with disabilities.

October 30, 2013

Students With Disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, Opportunities

A recent special report from Education Week explores the common core from the perspective of students with specific educational needs.

September 17, 2013

New 'Double-Testing' Flexibility and Students With Disabilities

The Education Department, in outlining more detail for Common Core field test flexibility for schools and districts, outlines some specific points for testing students with individualized education programs.

September 11, 2013

Smarter Balanced Adopts Accessibility Rules for Common-Core Tests

The 25-state group decided that read-aloud accommodations for text passages will be limited, for now, to students in middle and high school.

June 26, 2013

PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core

The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.

May 10, 2013

Comment Deadline Looms for Test Accommodations Manual

Some learning disability advocacy groups have said that the draft manual developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is too restrictive.

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