The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers has published a final draft and other materials outlining its policies on accommodations for Common Core State Standards assessments. The guidelines will permit students with disabilities to have read-aloud accommodations during the English/language arts section of the test and have access to American Sign Language interpreters as needed.
A full draft of test accommodations for the Common Core State Standards has been released for public comment by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers. The document lists five areas of accommodation and also some universal design principles and accessibility features available to all students at student or school request. The comment period ends May 13.
In this blog post, SmartBrief on EdTech Editor Katharine Haber shares the results of a recent poll in which readers predicted developments in education technology in 2013. The most significant issue this year is expected to be technology in the classroom, according to 33.88% of respondents. A majority also said teachers use technology tools as part of classroom lessons, and 40% of readers said applications and games have been most effective in engaging students.
Administrators with Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Mass., are planning to restructure the district's special-education program in a variety of ways, including adding a second learning specialist at each elementary school. The move would draw on the success of a pilot program in place at one elementary school. "We're going to take what we've learned from this positive co-teaching experience and implement it across the district," Director of Special Education Kathleen Lockyer said during a recent school committee meeting.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has created a safe space for siblings of children with disabilities to talk with others in similar situations about what it's like living with a sibling with a chronic medical condition or developmental disability. "They feel this incredible strength, this kind of unity with the other siblings who are there who say 'I know exactly how you feel. That happens to us in our house,' " Mayo Clinic social worker Kelli Passalacqua said.