About the Collection: Test Participation Exceptions

As a result of the administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the NGSS Science Test, including Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS), the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA), the Connecticut SAT School Day, and the English Language Proficiency Assessment, there are several data collections that are used to collect instances where a student may apply for a test participation exception.

These include:

  • A collection where districts provide student information regarding English Learner Participation in the English Language Proficiency Assessment. This collection is completed by contacting the office via phone. These include:
    • students who would have been a participant if an Alternate ELP assessment was available;
    • students who would have been medically exempt;
    • students who did not participate in the Listening test because the student is deaf or hearing impaired; or
    • students who did not participate in the Speaking assessment because the student is non-verbal.
  • A collection where districts can apply for a Medical Exemption from testing for Smarter Balanced, Connecticut SAT School Day, NGSS Science, the Connecticut Alternate Assessments (CTAA and CTAS), and the English Language Proficiency Assessment. Medical Exemptions are permitted ONLY if a student is medically unavailable for homebound or hospitalized instruction during the entire testing window. This is accomplished through the Medical Exemption Form.
Important Dates*:
Collection Submission Due Date
Final Revision Date
Freeze Dates
Prior to testing TBD TBD TBD
   * Should the Timely and Accurate Due Dates fall on a weekend or holiday, and the district is unable to submit the file on those dates, it is assumed that the data are due to the  CSDE on the business day prior to the listed due date.