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Accommodations and supports are practices and procedures that provide equitable access to grade-level content. They are intended to reduce or eliminate the effects of a student’s disability or level of language acquisition; they do not reduce learning expectations. The accommodations or supports provided to a student must be consistent with classroom instruction, classroom assessments, and district and state assessments. It is important to note that while some accommodations or supports may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate for use on a standardized assessment because of what the test is intending to measure.
- The following accessibility supports are available to EL students (in addition to the default embedded system tools and open access tools available to all users):
- Translated test directions for all subjects
- Word-to-word dictionaries for math, science, and writing sections
- Text-to-Speech (Spanish audio) item translation
- Extra time
- All student responses must be in English (p. 40 of the ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide).
- Translation of test items is not permitted.
- Please see the ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide for information.
- The ACT Aspire accessibility system defines four levels of support. (See the ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide pp. 3-5 for details.)
- All subject areas.
- Spanish language test directions for the online summative test are available in digital audio under “S” in the “Summative Spanish Language CBT Forms Test Directions - Audio Files” section of the WI Aspire Avocet website.
- English test directions may be translated locally into languages other than Spanish; however, all locally provided translation of directions must be prepared in writing ahead of time and based precisely as possible on the standard English directions. (See p. 14 of the ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide.)
- Translation on-the-fly is not permitted.
- Mathematics, Science and Writing tests only.
- Word-to-word dictionaries may not be used during the Reading or English tests.
- Only ACT-approved non-electronic bilingual word-to-word dictionaries are allowed.
- Extra time is strongly recommended with this support but it is not automatically assigned in the portal. Extra time must be manually selected in the PNP. Students are not required to site for the entire extended time period. (See ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide p. 16.)
- Appendix D of the ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide (p. 50-51) provides additional details on this accommodation.
- Mathematics, Science and Writing tests only.
- Items presented in North American Spanish language test with Spanish audio read-aloud option.
- Writing prompt presented in English and Spanish text side-by-side on screen.
- All student responses must be in English.
- Includes 300% extra time automatically. Students are not required to sit for the entire extended time period.
- Complete an audio check prior to starting the test.
- Written test directions translated in 12 languages
- Use of approved word-to-word bilingual dictionary
- Extended test time
- Testing in a small group environment
These supports may be used in conjunction with any other ACT-approved accommodations. Schools apply for these supports using the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system.
- Translated test questions
- Translated verbal instructions and/or the use of an interpreter
- Translated DVDs
- Translated reader’s scripts
- Printed translations for languages outside of the 12 that are offered
- Use of an electronic translation device
- ACT Press Release Announcing New English Learner Supports_Nov 2016
- What You Need To Know About English Learner Supports for the ACT Test
- Que Debes Saber de Apoyos Para el Examen ACT Para Estudiantes de Inglés
- ACT Approved English Learner Supports Guide
- ACT-Approved Word-to-Word Bilingual Dictionaries
- ACT Policy for English Learner Supports Documentation
- Quick Start Guide for Requesting Accommodations/Supports
- Teacher Survey Form - A teacher at the examinee’s school may complete this form as supporting documentation to be uploaded in TAA. It asks for specific ways in which the examinee used accommodations in their class.
- Exceptions Statement Form - Examinees who do not currently have an official accommodations plan, EL support plan, IEP, or 504 plan can submit the Exceptions Statement Form to support their request.
- Translated verbal or written directions provided in the examinee’s native language and /or clarified for the examinee.
- Word-to-word bilingual dictionary.
- Instructions and test questions are translated in Spanish.
- An ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate en Español is available to eligible examinees.
- Accommodations in Spanish for paper testing include: extended time, Braille, large print, audio DVDs, and reader’s script.
- These accommodations are full translations of the directions and assessment questions and will produce scores eligible to produce an ACT WorkKeys NCRC en Español score.
What content areas are English language learners (ELLs) required to take under federal regulations?
ESEA requires that all students participate in statewide assessment to be used for accountability. Federal regulations provide some flexibility related to the assessment and accountability for recently arrived ELL students only (See 34 CFR § 200.6 (b) (4)).
How are recently arrived ELL students included in accountability calculations if they take the ELA exemption?
If the student does not participate in the ELA assessment, he or she must participate in ACCESS for ELLs®. Recently arrived students must participate in all other content areas, with or without accommodations. Students in district for less than a full academic year (FAY) are counted for test participation only; their assessment results are not factored into school or district report cards.