Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The spring 2014, administration of the Smarter Balanced Field Test may impact the IEPs of students receiving special education services due to the change in testing and appropriate testing accommodations.  Previous guidance sent out on December 11, 2013, described the process required to amend or revise a student’s IEP to reflect the change in statewide assessment.  This guidance also included a sample parent letter that a school district could adapt to inform parents about these significant changes.

Additional guidance documents are available with regard to updating/revising student IEPs to reflect a district’s selection of the statewide assessment for the 2013-14 academic year and obtaining appropriate accommodations.  SBA/IEP Frequently Asked Questions and a chart detailing the forms that need to be completed for each statewide assessment by grade are provided as resources for school districts.  In addition, a copy of the sample parent letter for students taking the SBA and a modified version of the sample parent letter for students only taking the CAPT Science Test, have been made available.  These letters can be modified by school districts to inform parents of the change in the statewide assessments and to explain the IEP amendment process.  All of the documents referenced above are posted on the Bureau of Special Education’s Web site under Smarter Balanced Assessment Resources at: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680#CMT.

Finally, a copy of the SBA Consortium’s Frequently Asked Questions to accompany the SBA’s Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines, has been posted on the Connecticut State Department of Education Student Assessment Web site at: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2748&Q=335200&PM=1.

For additional information, please contact:

Joe Amenta joseph.amenta@ct.gov 860-713-6855 For questions regarding: SBA/accommodations
Janet Stuck janet.stuck@ct.gov 860-713-6837 For questions regarding: SBA/accommodations
Patricia Anderson patricia.anderson@ct.gov 860-713-6837 For questions regarding: IEP/special education
Gail Mangs gail.mangs@ct.gov 860-713-6938 For questions regarding: IEP/special education