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(August 13, 2019: New for 2019-20) The GTSA will be used for the administration of the 2019-20 Smarter Balanced, WCAS, 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. 

Universal Tools are available to all students based on student preference and selection.

Designated Supports are those features that are available for use by any student for whom the need has been indicated by a team of educators with parent/guardian and student input.

Accommodations are available for students for whom there is documentation of the need on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 plan, or other similar learning plans.