Deaf - Hard of Hearing

State Assessment

  • December 11th, 2014
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Using appropriate accommodations in high-stakes testing situations can provide students with equal access to demonstrate their knowledge without affecting the validity of the test results. For training videos, and handout materials, visit Pennsylvania’s Accommodations Guidelines for Students with IEPs and Students with 504 Plans.

The Video Sign Language online version is now available for the 2014-2015 PSSA Math and Science assessments. Students need to be identified as eligible for the sign language presentation accommodation by the IEP team, with documentation on the IEP and/or Communication Plan, or 504 Plan. Students must use a sign language accommodation during instructional periods and assessments; it should not be used solely during PSSA assessments. In order to access the VSL version, students must first be established in the DRC eDirect Test Setup system, with the corresponding VSL accommodation. Utilization of the VSL accommodation does not replace students’ onsite educational interpreters during the assessment, as the interpreter is required to be there to provide access for questions and/or concerns. Further information regarding this accommodation is available on page 45 in the Accommodations Guidelines listed above.

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