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Assessment Accommodations

Learn more and find resources about the accommodations specific to each of Rhode Island's statewide assessments.

RISAP Accommodations Webinar Registration Links, Presentations, and Recordings

RISAP Accommodations and Accessibility Manual and Other Resources

RISAP Accessibility and Accommodations Manual and Other Resources:

ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Additional Resources for Accommodations and Accessibility Features

 

NOTE: The Comprehensive Accommodations and Accessibility Manual (2020-21) is posted under the first tab.

DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps) alternate assessments

DLM: Additional Resources for Accommodations and Accessibility Features

 

NOTE: The RISAP Accommodations and Accessibiltiy Features manual and Excel sheet are posted under the first tab State Assessment Accommodations and Accessibiltiy Features Manual and Resources. Below are important additional materials and resources on accommodations needed for DLM.

NGSA (Next Generation Science Assessment)

NGSA: Additional Resources for Accommodations and Accessibility Features


NOTE: The RISAP Accommodations and Accessibiltiy Features manual and Excel sheet are posted under the first tab State Assessment Accommodations and Accessibiltiy Features Manual and Resources. Below are important additional materials and resources on accommodations needed for the NGSA assessments.

  • NGSA Assistive Technology Manual [PDF] - This Assistive Technology Manual provides technical specification information and additional configuration instructions for assistive technology tools that can be used by students with special accessibility needs for online testing. It includes information for testing with Predictive Text tools, Alternative Computer Input tools, Assistive Keyboard tools, Screen Magnifier tools, Voice Packs, and Braille technology.
    • Sample PRN file: This link will take you to a sample PRN file to help configure settings for Braille software.
    • Sample BRF file: This link will take you to a sample BRF file to help configure settings for Braille software.
  • Technology Setup Guidance [PDF] - This page provides information about configurations for various operating systems, quick guide for seeting up technology, and sample PRN/BRF files.
  • Periodic Table [PDF] - The Periodic Table is available online for the 8th and 11th grade NGSA and appears on the global menu. If desired, students have the option of using a printed paper copy of the Periodic Table.
  • Bilingual Dictionaries & Glossaries Authorized for Use by English Learners on the RICAS & NGSA (Spring 2020)

RICAS (Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System)

RICAS: Additional Resources for Accommodations and Accessibility Features


NOTE: The RISAP Accommodations and Accessibility Features Manual is posted under the first tab State Assessment Accommodations and Accessibility Features Manual and Resources. Below are additional materials and resources on accommodations needed for RICAS.

RICAS Student Registration and Personal Needs Profile Guide (updated for 2021) contains all of the directions for working in PearsonAccessNext (PAN) to update accommodations for RICAS testing.

RICAS Assistive Technology Guide (updated for 2021) contains a list of all assistive technology programs and devices that are and are not supported by TestNav8.

Bilingual Dictionaries & Glossaries Authorized for Use by English Learners on the RICAS & NGSA contains a list of bilingual dictionaries and glossaries that current and former English Learner students may use on RICAS assessments.

NOTE: Please ensure that students use the bilingual dictionaries/glossaries regularly during instruction throughout the school year. Bilingual dictionaries should not be given to a student on the day of testing. For approved bilingual dictionaries/glossaries for other state assessments, such as the PSAT10 or SAT School Day, please visit that test's accommodation tab. As a rule, bilingual dictionaries and glossaries may not contain any pictures, or definitions, or handwritten notes; only word-to-word dictionaries and glossaries are permitted.

Reference Sheets for the Spanish Edition of the Mathematics Test: Below are Spanish versions of the standard reference sheet for EL students. NOTE: grades 3 and 4 do not have a standard mathematics reference sheet so a corresponding Spanish reference sheet is not provided.

Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets. The approved graphic organizers, checklists, and supplemental reference sheets listed below are for use by students with disabilities in grades 3-8 who have the Pre-approved Graphic Organizer or Supplemental Reference Sheet accommodation listed in their IEP or 504 Plan. RIDE encourages educators to use these tools during instruction throughout the school year so students will be comfortable using them during RICAS testing. 

NOTE about using approved graphic organizers and reference sheets during testing and instruction: These graphic organizers and reference sheets may be helpful to students without disabilities. Educators may use these graphic organizers and reference sheets during instruction for all students, not just students with disabilities. However, students without the appropriate accommodation(s) in their IEP or 504 Plan may not use the graphic organizers or reference sheets during RICAS testing. Educators should not feel the need to incorporate these graphic organizers or reference sheets into their instruction if they have others they use or feel these are not appropriate for their students.

English Language Arts Pre-Approved Graphic Organizers: The list includes all graphic organizers allowable on the RICAS ELA tests.

Mathematics Supplemental Reference Sheets: The list below contains the Supplemental Reference Sheets allowed for use on the RICAS Math tests. These Supplemental Reference Sheets can be used alone or with the Standard Reference Sheet for that grade level. Information may be removed from the Supplemental Reference Sheet but not added. Multiplication Tables must remain blank and the student must fill them in by themselves during testing.

PSAT10 and SAT

PSAT10 and SAT: Additional Resources for Accommodations and Accessibility Features

 

NOTE: The RISAP Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual and Excel sheet are posted under the first tab State Assessment Accommodations and Accessibility Features Manual and Resources. Below are important additional materials and resources on accommodations needed for the PSAT 10 and SAT.

  • SAT Accommodated Testing Manual [PDF]: Manual for administering the SAT to students using accommodation. Also posted on the Preparing for State Assessments web page (Test Coordinator and Test Administrator tabs).
  • Glossary List for EL Students [PDF]: (Posted 2.8.2021) This is a list of glossaries for students who are English Learners. Students are also welcome to use their own word-to-word glossaries instead of, or in addition to, those listed in this document. Students should be using these glossaries during classroom instruction so they are familiar with them well before the test day. (Also posted on the Preparing for State Assessments web page in the Test Coordinator tab).
  • Accommodations Questionnaire (PDF): Schools should use this form when entering new accommodations for students with disabilities (not EL students unless they have an IEP/504) for either the SAT or the PSAT10. This questionnaire applies to the following accommodations only: extended time for students with disabilities, reader (including human reader, MP3, etc.), and breaks.

Accommodations for EL Students*

  • 50% Extended Time (Do not use the questionnaire form for requesting extended time for EL students. No documentation or additional information is necessary when requesting extended time for EL students):
  • Students will receive 50% extended time on each section of the SAT.  Students must sit for the entire time allotted and cannot go ahead in the test, or stop testing, even if they are the only one testing.
  • EL students requiring 50% extended time will need to be identified in SSD Online.
  • EL students using 50% extended time can be tested with other students with accommodations testing with the same timing and test materials.
  • EL Students who receive this accommodation will receive college-reportable scores.

*How to Enter the Extended Time Accommodation for EL students into SSD Online (pdf)

  • Translated Test Directions: These directions are available only for the standard test script (for test sessions not using 50% Extended Time). If the student is using 50% Extended time, the directions will indicate that the student should refer to the time the proctor writes on the board for stop times. There are notes in each set of translated directions that explain this.
  • SAT with Essay Translated Test Directions
  • PSAT10 Translated Test Directions