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CAST’s Response to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

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CAST responds to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s request for public comment about its Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines.

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CAST (2013). CAST’s response to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s accessibility and accommodations guidelines. Policy Statement. Wakefield, MA: Author.

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On Aug 14, 2013, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released their Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines for public comment. Responses were requested via a computer survey consisting of seven questions with a focus on three categories of supports. Each designation included a listing of embedded (digital) and non-embedded (non-digital) supports with a description and in many cases recommendations for use.

Each section below contains the listing of specific supports that were provided in six tables and recommended by SBAC for each category. We have listed those supports by name as they appear in each table, followed by CAST comments regarding the specific support.

CAST publically wishes to thank Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the opportunity to comment on the Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines. We recognize the tremendous amount of coordination and effort that SBAC has accomplished to date in developing these guidelines, and we appreciate their willingness to engage in a dialogue on these issues.

Section 1: “Smarter Balanced Universal Tools”

Question1: Comments on Table 1 (Suggested Rewording: “Embedded Universal Tools”)

Question 2: Comments on Table 2 (Suggested Rewording: “Non-Embedded Universal Tools”)

Section II: “Smarter Balanced Designated Supports”

Question 3: Table 3 (Suggested Rewording “Embedded Designated Supports”)


Question 4: Table 4 (Suggested Rewording “Non-Embedded Designated Supports”)


Section III: “Documented Accommodations”

Question 5: Table 5 (Suggested Rewording “Embedded Documented Supports”)


Question 6: Table 6 (Suggested Rewording “Non-Embedded Documented Accommodations”)


Section IV: Smarter Balanced Accommodations Categories and Overall Comments


Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the work of SBAC.


Yvel Crevocoeur, PhD, UDL Postdoctoral Fellow
Tracey E. Hall, PhD, Senior Research Scientist
Chuck Hitchcock, MEd, Chief Officer, Policy and Technology
Richard Jackson, EdD, Research Scientist/Professor, Boston College
Joanne Karger, JD, EdD, Research Scientist/Policy Analyst
David H. Rose, EdD, Chief Education Officer and Founder
Skip Stahl, MS, Senior Policy Analyst
Joy Zabala, EdD, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST and AIM Center

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