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(September 20, 2018: New for 2018-19) The GTSA will be used for the administration of the 2018-19 Smarter Balanced, WCAS, OGL, and ELPA21 assessments.

This document guides decisions associated with student access to state assessments. The basis of the guidelines is built upon collaboration amongst multiple states and input from nationally recognized experts on English learners and students with disabilities. The guidelines are research-based and outline three categories of resources—tools, supports, and accommodations. Based on the format of the state test (online or paper/pencil) an access feature will either be embedded as part of the test delivery system or non-embedded (accompanies the test).

“Tools” are available to all students and can be used at the student’s discretion.

“Supports” are also available to all students, but an educator knowledgeable of the student’s needs has to activate the feature for use.

“Accommodations” are available to students with a documented need noted in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan.

Additional Resources

Guidance for IEP Teams: Student Participation in Statewide Assessments for Accountability and Graduation (PDF) (New 11/30/2018)