Special Populations on the State Summative Assessments

Documents/Forms

Special Populations Information 
  • Read Aloud of ELA Reading Passages (Must complete the Documented Evidence for a Read Aloud of the Smarter Balanced Reading Passages.)  
  • Scribe
  • Print on Demand
  • Human Signer for ELA or Math
  • Math Manipulatives (Grades 3-8)
  • 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 March 1, 2022.

Test Administration Resources

English Learner Resources
  • 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

Other Resources 

CSDE Bureau of Special Education Resources 
  • 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.