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  • West Virginia TASC Accommodations

    Training

    Copyright © 2013 by CTB/McGraw-Hill LLC. This publication or portions thereof may not be

    reproduced and distributed. The TASC logo and Test Assessing Secondary Completion are

    trademarks of McGraw-Hill Education. All other brands and product names found in this

    publication are the property of their respective owners and are not associated with the

    publisher of this publication.

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    Agenda

    • Test accommodations overview

    • Types of Accommodations – Allowable resources

    – Spanish version

    – Alternate formats

    – Special testing accommodations

    • How to execute accommodations during testing – CBT

    – PBT

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    Accommodations and Resources Overview

    • CTB/McGraw-Hill supports the intent of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and is committed to supporting access to the TASC for individuals with disabilities

    • To this end, the TASC design includes accessible formats and allowable resources that are available to all examinees

    • In addition, examinees with documented need may apply for special testing accommodations

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    Types of Supports • Examinees have access to three types of support during TASC

    testing: – Allowable resources:

    • No formal approval is required for the use of these resources

    • In some cases a prior notification form must be filled out and provided to the testing center at the time of scheduling so that the testing center can accommodate the request

    – Special Testing Accommodations:

    • The examinee must request the use of these accommodations and formal approval from the West Virginia State Test Administrator is required prior to test administration

    • Special testing accommodations are intended to account for the effects of a person’s disability on assessment results

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    Types of Supports (continued) – Alternate Formats:

    • TASC is available in English and Spanish in alternate formats including Braille and large print editions

    • To receive alternate formats, the examinee must provide prior notification to the testing center

    • A Prior Notification Form is available for download on the TASC website at www.TASCtest.com

    http://www.tasctest.com/

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    Subject Areas

    • TASC assesses five subject areas: – Language Arts: Reading

    – Language Arts: Writing

    – Mathematics

    – Science

    – Social Studies

  • Allowable Resources

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    Allowable Resources • Allowable resources:

    − Tools, procedures, and materials that an examinee may use to support test taking

    − Allowable resources include items such as earplugs, magnifying glasses, or seat cushions

    − No formal approval is required for the use of allowable resources

    − In some cases a notification form must be filled out and provided to the testing center prior to testing so that the testing center can prepare to support the request

    − A summary of allowable resources and the Prior Notification Form are available for download on the TASC website at www.TASCtest.com

    − TASC Examinees should submit the Prior Notification Form to the Test Coordinator at the TASC Testing Center at the time they schedule or register for testing

    http://www.tasctest.com/

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    Test Formats

    • Three TASC forms are available each year in English and Spanish in CBT and PBT – Forms A, B and C

    • Alternate formats: – Large print

    – Braille (2 forms only each in English and Spanish)

    – Audio

    • Large print and Braille require prior notification

    • Audio requires prior approval

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    Allowable tools, procedures, and materials

    Tool/Material Paper-Based Test (PBT) Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Blank Place Markers Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of

    the standard TASC administration, may be used as a place-marker

    tool on the PBT.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Mark for Later Review is a navigation feature

    that is part of the standard CBT

    administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Cushion The TASC examinee may bring a seat cushion.

    Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to

    bring the cushion.

    The TASC examinee may bring a seat cushion.

    Prior notification is not required. The

    examinee is required to bring the cushion.

    Highlighter Highlighters are not permitted on the PBT. No markings may be

    made on the PBT because the same test booklets are used for

    multiple examinees.

    A highlighter tool is available as part of

    standard CBT administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

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    Tool/Material Paper-Based Test (PBT) Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Scratch Paper Scratch paper is provided during testing by the testing center as

    part of standard test administration. All scratch paper is collected

    and destroyed at the conclusion of testing. Examinees may

    request lined paper or graph paper.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Scratch paper is provided during testing by

    the testing center as part of standard test

    administration. All scratch paper is collected

    and destroyed at the conclusion of testing.

    Examinees may request lined paper or graph

    paper.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Eraser Each TASC examinee is permitted to bring, or will be provided

    with, sharpened number 2 pencils and an eraser as part of

    standard test administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

    A digital eraser is available as part of standard

    CBT administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Option Eliminator Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of the standard TASC administration, may serve as an option eliminator on the PBT. Prior notification is not required.

    An option eliminator is available as part of

    standard CBT administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

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    Tool/Material Paper-Based Test (PBT) Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Blocking Ruler Scratch paper, which is provided by the testing center as part of the standard TASC administration, may be used in lieu of a blocking ruler on the PBT. Prior notification is not required.

    In the TASC CBT, a blocking ruler is available

    as part of standard administration.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Formula Sheet TASC examinees will be provided access to a formula sheet as part of

    standard test administration where applicable.

    Prior notification is not required.

    A formula sheet is available as part of

    standard CBT administration conditions

    where applicable.

    Prior notification is not required.

    Colored Overlays An examinee may use tinted clear plastic overlays over pages in the

    test booklet.

    Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring

    the overlays.

    The CBT has configurable settings for

    background color, font color and font size.

    Prior notification is required. The

    administrator must change system settings to

    support the examinee’s request.

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    Tool/Material Paper-Based Test (PBT) Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Noise Reduction The examinee may use earplugs to reduce background noise. The

    examinee will need to provide his or her own such device and make

    it available to the Examiner for inspection prior to testing.

    Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring

    the device and earplugs.

    In the CBT, an auditory calming tool is

    available. Earphones must be requested

    from the test center in advance.

    Prior notification is required. The

    administrator must change system settings to

    support the examinee’s request.

    Magnifying Device An examinee may use handheld magnifiers, eyeglass-mounted

    magnifiers, freestanding magnifiers, or magnifying overlays, to

    enlarge text and graphics.

    Prior notification is not required. The examinee is required to bring

    the device.

    A digital magnifying glass is available in the

    CBT.

    Prior notification is required. The

    administrator must change system settings to

    support the examinee’s request.

    Straightedge The TASC examinee may use scratch paper provided by the test center to aid in spatial orientation and reading. Prior notification is not required.

    A masking ruler to