by Derek Spencer
Education Week recently reported on PARCC's approval of accessibility supports and accommodations for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
The supports will include read-aloud accommodations for students with disabilities, which is a point of contention for those who feel that read-aloud support would make the result of a reading comprehension test invalid. Still, this must be welcome news for parents of students with disabilities, as these supports can only benefit their children.
Other accommodations include clarifying test instructions to English-language learners in their native languages and providing American Sign Language translations of assessment text.
How do you feel about read-aloud accommodations on reading comprehension exams? If one student receives support, should that support then be afforded to all students taking the exam to ensure a consistent, normalized testing environment?
Derek Spencer is a Marketing Communications Associate at Prestwick House.