Do we update a student's IEP or 504 Plan for CBT?

We advise schools that they do not need to update student IEPs or 504 Plans specifically for computer-based testing accommodations wording. However, CSEs should consider updating "implementation recommendations" as they review IEPs and 504 Plans annually (see example below).   

Student testing accommodations for CBT do not need to align word-for-word to testing accommodations noted in a student’s IEP or 504 Plan:

  • The CSE must determine the best way to deliver a student testing accommodation in CBT
  • The student must have practice with the CBT test accommodation prior to testing
  • In some instances, a combination of computer-format and paper-format is the best fit
    • We recommend that the school, with the CSE, try to match a student’s daily instruction for delivering a test accommodation

Practice Tests are available via the online Question Sampler:

  • Four practice tests for CBT testing accommodations for ELA and Math
    • Text-to-speech, Initial Zoom, Reverse Contrast, Answer Masking, and Background Colors 
  • Three practice tests for CBT testing accommodations in Science
    • Text-to-speech, Initial Zoom, Reverse Contrast, Answer Masking, and Background Colors 
  • Alternate language practice tests, four for each grade level in Math for the five alternate languages:
    • Chinese (Simplified), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish

Example of Testing Accommodation Documentation that notes "Text-to-Speech" software as an "implementation recommendation" for the Test Read accommodation: 

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