Student Assessment Update to Special Education Directors – Guidelines and Resources

The Bureau of Student Assessment recently released two updated resources which include information on assessment for special student populations. These are the 2016-17 Assessment Guidelines and the 2016-17 Test Supports and Accommodations Form.

The updated 2016-17 Assessment Guidelines may be viewed on the Student Assessment web page under Special Populations Documentation and Resources. This resource provides guidance to Connecticut school district personnel who must make decisions about testing special student populations on the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) Science, the Connecticut Academic Achievement Test (CAPT) Science, the CMT Skills Checklist Science, the CAPT Skills Checklist Science, and the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA). These special student populations include students identified as eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students identified as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and students who are identified as English Learners (EL). This decision-making also includes general education students who may require additional supports.

Further, the 2016-17 Test Supports and Accommodations Form, also available on the Student Assessment web page under Special Populations Documentation and Resources, was recently updated. The form is used to document the Smarter Balanced and CMT/CAPT Science supports and accommodations for students with disabilities or English Learners.

If after reviewing these documents you have questions about the special student populations, the criteria for participation in various assessment options or allowable supports or accommodations, please contact the Bureau of Student Assessment at 860-713-6837 or 860-713-6855.

IEP/Smarter Balanced and Connecticut Alternate Assessment Updates

On May 22, 2014, a follow up to the May 12, 2014, e-mail regarding the revised Individualized Education Program (IEP) page 9 and the 2015 Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Test Supports/Accommodations Form was forwarded to Connecticut directors of special education and pupil personnel services from Dr. Patricia Anderson, education consultant in the Bureau of Special Education.

The following is the content of that e-mail:

Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services:

This follow up e-mail to the May 12 e-mail dissemination of page 9 of the IEP (ED620) and the IEP Manual guidance is to let you know that the following documents have been updated with this new information and posted on the CSDE Web site under PPT Process and IEP Forms as follows:

IEP Forms

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Forms

  • Revised 5/2014: IEP Manual and SDE Forms  [PDF] [DOC] ***
  • Revised 5/2014: IEP Page 9 (ED620) [PDF], [DOC], Smarter Balanced Test Supports/Accommodations Form [PDF]

SDE Forms

IEP Forms***             ED620   [PDF] [DOC] Revised 5/21/14

***PLEASE NOTE: In ED620 – the primary change was made to page 9 – State and District Testing and Accommodations. HOWEVER – slight modifications were made to update two other IEP pages to reflect the change from CMT/CAPT to Smarter Balanced and CT Alternate Assessments:

  • Page 4 in the top header of the Present Levels of Performance page; AND
  • Page 7 – #8 under Evaluation Procedures

Student Assessment is sending out the following Updates for Special Populations this week in the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) Weekly Update regarding a slightly modified version of the Smarter Balanced Test Supports/Accommodations Form (latest version is dated 5-22-14); page 2 of the Accommodations Form now contains the Supports/Accommodations Quick Guide (dated 5-21-14), which is a brief description of all the supports and accommodations available on all statewide assessments; and some additional tools. All of these documents are posted on the Student Assessment Web site and will be on the Smarter Balanced Assessments Resources section of the Bureau of Special Education’s Web site next week.

Updates for Special Populations

In preparation for the 2014-2015 school year, various documents have been created for special populations. They include:

If you have any questions, please contact CSDE staff as follows:

Student Assessment/Accommodations Questions:

Joe Amenta                        (860-713-6855)  joseph.amenta@ct.gov

Janet Stuck                         (860-713-6837)  janet.stuck@ct.gov 

IEP Questions:

Patricia Anderson              (860-713-6923)  patricia.anderson@ct.gov

Gail Mangs                        (860-713-6938)  gail.mangs@ct.gov

Smarter Balanced Field Test Special Populations Packet

On October 25, 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education released a communication to District Test Coordinators, Directors of Special Education, and English Learners Contacts related to the Smarter Balanced Field Test Special Populations Packet.

For an opportunity to review this communication in it’s entirely, please go to the follow link: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/student_assessment/smarter_balanced/Smarter_Balanced_Field_Test_Special_Populations_Packet.pdf.

(NOTE: Please replace IEP Page 9a shown in the Smarter Balanced Field Test Special Populations Packet with the revised IEP Page 9a, dated November 1, 2013, posted at the link below: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/student_assessment/smarter_balanced/ED620_Pg_9a_Revised_November_1.pdf .)