All Maryland students in grades 3-8 take PARCC assessments in both English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Additionally, high school students take varied end-of-course assessments in English, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. English Learners (ELs) are considered to be eligible to receive one of the following accommodations on the PARCC Mathematics assessment if they have attended school in the U.S. for less than three years and had prior instruction in mathematics in Spanish either in their home country or in a U.S. school:
LEAs who piloted these accommodations in Spring 2016 also recommended that prior to administration of the PARCC assessments, ELs who are eligible for one of these accommodations complete the practice tests in English and Spanish to determine if they are more comfortable using the Spanish PARCC Mathematics assessment.
Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, & Accommodations Policy Manual
The Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, and Accommodations Policy Manual presents a five-step process for use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the use of instructional and assessment accommodations, for students with disabilities and Section 504 Plans. It also presents a five-step process for use in selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the use of instructional and assessment accessibility features for all students, as well as a six-step process for English learners.
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