Documents/FormsSpecial Populations Information
- Assessment Guidelines Current Edition
- 2020 - 21 Test Supports/Accommodations Form - This form is used to record designated supports/accommodations needed for students with an IEP, Section 504 Plan, or English Learners (EL). Information from this form must be submitted/uploaded to the Test Information and Distribution Engine (TIDE) Test Settings prior to testing.
- 2020 - 21 Accessibility Chart - The 2020-21 Accessibility Chart identifies a range of universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations available students when accessing the Smarter Balanced and the NGSS Science Assessments.
- Connecticut Smarter Balanced and NGSS Assessment Reader Options Table - This resource defines the purpose, test requirements, and necessary documentation (if applicable) for various embedded and non-embedded Smarter Balanced and NGSS reader supports and accommodations.
- 2020-21 Text-to-Speech Decision Guidelines - The Text-to-Speech Decision Guidelines form must be completed for any student in Grades 3-8 who will receive the accommodation of Text-to-Speech for English language arts/literacy (ELA) reading passages on the Smarter Balanced assessments. This form can be completed online by selecting the “submit this form electronically” hyperlink embedded in the form.
- 2020-21 Decision Guidelines for Read-Aloud of the Smarter Balanced Reading Passages - Text is read aloud, including the ELA reading passages, to the student by a trained and qualified human reader.
- Text-to-Speech and Read Aloud Accommodation for ELA Reading Passages Flowchart - This resource should be used to determine student eligibility for the Text-to-Speech and Read Aloud Accommodation for ELA Reading Passages. It also provides the appropriate procedures based on accommodation need.
- Assistive Technology Manual
- Read Aloud Guidelines in Spanish
- Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training – Overview for District Administrators - The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training Overview for District Administrators provides an overview of the responsibilities of the District Administrator (DA) in the Test Information Distribution (TIDE), for the mandatory online course completed each school year to provide qualified educators with essential alternate assessment materials and the permissions to administer these assessments. DAs must follow these procedures to ensure the alternate assessments are administered by teachers qualified for this responsibility.
- Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training – Overview for Teachers Administering the Alternate - The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training Required for Teachers Administering the Alternate Overview describes the responsibilities of the TEA and the procedures to ensure the alternate assessments are administered by teachers qualified for this responsibility. The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training – Required for Teachers Administering the Alternate is a mandatory online course completed each school year to provide qualified educators with essential alternate assessment materials and the permissions to administer these assessments. Educators passing the embedded quiz for the training with a score of 80% or better will be assigned the Trained TEA certification and be provided all associated privileges for administering the alternate assessment.
- 2020-21 Alternate Assessment Eligibility Form - The Connecticut Alternate Assessment Eligibility Form replaced the Learner Characteristics Inventory during the 2019-20 school year and will be used by Connecticut Teachers Administering the Alternate Assessment and Planning and Placement Teams to determine eligibility for student participation in Connecticut’s Alternate Assessment System. Forms must be submitted through the Data Entry Interface in order to register a student for participation.
- This FAQ document is intended to provide local education agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding the requirements for serving Connecticut’s children with significant cognitive disabilities participating in alternate assessments. This document represents the current understanding of the CSDE on this topic. This guidance does not impose any additional requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations.
- This FAQ document is intended to provide local education agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations and other interested parties with information regarding eligibility criteria for the participation in the Connecticut Alternate Assessment System.
- CSDE Alternate Assessment System Web Page
- Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Participation Guidance for Planning and Placement Teams - The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Participation Guidance for Planning and Placement Teams flowchart provides the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) with guidance on eligibility for student participation in the Connecticut Alternate Assessments for Math and ELA (for students in Grades 3-8 and 11) and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (for students in Grades 5, 8, and 11). This flowchart should be used in conjunction with the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI).
- How to Access the Data Entry Interface (DEI)
- Students in PSIS who attend Out-of-State Facilities or In-State Non-Approved Facilities
- Smarter Balanced Braille Options
- Online Testing with the Refreshable Braille Display
- Process for Requesting Special Documented Accommodations: In exceptional circumstances, there may be a student whose disabilities are such that the allowable accommodations listed in the Assessment Guidelines would be insufficient to provide access to the Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment. In these cases, the District Administrator (DA) must contact the CSDE to provide information regarding a request for special documented accommodations. Such accommodations include, but are not limited to, the request for a:
- Read Aloud of ELA Reading Passages
- Print on Demand
- Human Signer for ELA or Math
- Math Manipulatives (Grades 4-8)
- Non-Embedded Calculator (Math Grades 6-8)
- Customized Accommodations
District Administrators (DA in TIDE) are required to initiate this procedure by contacting Deirdre Ducharme (860-713-6859) or Janet Stuck (860-713-6837), Special Populations, Bureau of Student Assessment. DA’s will be provided with an application to complete and return to the CSDE along with a copy of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan for approval. Students may not be provided with these accommodations unless formally approved by the CSDE. Petitions are due no later than January 22, 2021.
Scribing Protocol for Smarter Balanced Assessments Updated June 28, 2018
- Sample District Letter for CTAS Individual Student Reports - Updated letter coming soon! This sample letter can be used to distribute student Individual Student Reports.
Test Administration Resources
- The Connecticut State Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal provides access to Test Administration Resources for the NGSS Science Assessment (including the CTAS) and the Connecticut Alternate Assessment.
- Translation (Glossary) – Embedded Designated Support - Students who are English Language Learners may benefit from using a Translation Glossary for the Smarter Balanced mathematics tests. These students should have the appropriate language Translation (Glossary) embedded designated support selected in TIDE prior to testing. This Designated Support is intended as a language support for students who have limited English language skills whether or not they are identified in PSIS as ELs or ELs with disabilities. The use of this support may result in the student needing additional overall time to complete the assessment.
- Embedded and Non-Embedded Designated Supports for English Learners - Students who are English learners (ELs) may benefit from using designated supports when participating on the Connecticut state-wide assessments. These designated supports are intended as a language support for students who have limited English language skills, whether or not they are identified in PSIS as EL or EL with a disability. The use of these supports may result in the student needing additional overall time to complete the assessment.
- English Language Learner Assessment Resources Web Page
- CSDE Summary of District Justifications Submitted for Exceeding the One Percent Threshold - February 14, 2020
- The Connecticut Assistive Technology (AT) Guidelines provides both school districts and Birth to Three service providers guidance to ensure that all children identified for AT services have access to AT though a framework for making decisions about AT needs of these children and students with disabilities.