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On August 14th, 2012 the Education, Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee will decide whether or not to approve new regulations which will greatly impact the ability of students with disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge on state required assessments. The “Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs" or "703 KAR 5:070" regulations, if passed, will remove readers from all but a very small number of students with disabilities on state assessments and those few only if they are approved through a waiver process. Other accommodations such as the use of a calculator will be removed completely. This is regardless of the impact of the disability on the skill being tested or if the accommodation is included as part of the student's Individualized Education Plan. As these re-filed regulations come before the EAARS subcommittee, tell the members to send them back to the drawing board! The Kentucky Department of Education needs to revise the regulations in order to ensure that ALL students who qualify for various accommodations receive them whenever they are needed, including during assessments. Thank you for supporting Kentucky students with special needs!
Senator Jack Westwood, Education Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, Education Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee
---------------- I want to update you on the recently revised regulations relating to the document, “Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs” or 703 KAR 5:070. These regulations are going to be reviewed by the EAARS committee (Education, Assessment & Accountability Subcommittee) next week, on Tuesday, August the 14th. As you may already be...
---------------- I want to update you on the recently revised regulations relating to the document, “Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs” or 703 KAR 5:070. These regulations are going to be reviewed by the EAARS committee (Education, Assessment & Accountability Subcommittee) next week, on Tuesday, August the 14th. As you may already be aware, these regulations contain language which will remove the use of a reader and a calculator as an accommodation for special needs students (including those with an IEP or Individualized Education Plan) during certain sections of state-required tests. In short, a reader will not be allowed during a reading test and a calculator will not be allowed during a math test. The Kentucky Department of Education has added a waiver process which may allow a very small number of students a reader only, but the details of this process and how students may qualify have not been explained or released. The ECE Caucus of the Jefferson County Teachers Association continues to have many concerns with these new regulations and the impact they will have on students with disabilities. We believe that more time is needed to research this issue, inform the public and train teachers on implementation. We are asking for your help. Please consider attending the EAARS committee meeting in Frankfort, Kentucky on the 14th or contact the EAARS legislators and let them know why you oppose the passing of these regulations in their current form. This is a crucial stage in the process. Should the EAARS committee decide to recommend them, they will go to the Interim Joint Committee on Education or the General Assembly and we believe it will be even more difficult to stop or change them after that. We need one big, final push from as many people as possible to help send these regulations back for further review. This is our now or never moment. Please use the information below to attend the meeting or contact the EAARS members directly! Thank you so much for speaking up for our students so that they can receive the accommodations they are entitled to on all assessments. Sincerely, Kennedy Turner ECE Caucus Chair JCTA, ECE Caucus
This link will take you to a list of the EAARS members and all of their contact information. If any of the members are your own representatives, please make sure to tell them so! We understand that it has much more impact when legislators hear from their own constituents. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/committee/Statutory/EdAsAcc/members.htm
IF YOU CAN ATTEND THE MEETING: It will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at 1:00pm. The meeting will take place in Frankfort at the Capitol Annex in Room 154 Follow the links below for directions to Frankfort and the Capitol Annex building. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/sch_vist/directions.pdf http://www.lrc.ky.gov/sch_vist/frankfort.pdf
Great news for our students! Read on for an update from Commissioner Holliday…
Update on status of 703 KAR 5:070, Inclusion of Special Populations in the State Required Assessment and Accountability Programs ...This regulation’s most controversial aspect has been the adding of a prohibition on the use of a reader during the reading comprehension portions of the state assessment...Despite explanations of the necessity of the regulation by KDE staff, EAARS members expressed concern over the waiver process, the timing of the regregulation and the overall impact othe regulation on each child with a reader on their IEP. In the end, the regulation was found “deficient” and the motion passed unanimously. We are currently discussing internally how to proceed relative to this issue. At this point, the current law on accommodations will continue to apply. Terry Holliday, Ph.D., Commissioner of Education , Kentucky Department of Education, Office 502-564-3141, E-mail Terry.Holliday@education.ky
Dear Concerned Educators and Advocates,
I want to update you on the recently revised regulations relating to the document, “Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs” or 703 KAR 5:070. These regulations are going to be reviewed by the EAARS committee (Education, Assessment & Accountability Subcommittee) next week, on Tuesday, August the 14th. Please follow the link below to read more and find out how you can help!
703 KAR 5:070 was withdrawn in March due to technical errors. They were re-filed on April 12, 2012 and include changes which are moving in a positive direction! However, they still need much revision in order to provide students with disabilities the accommodations that they need and are entitled to in order to demonstrate their knowledge on state required assessments and accountability programs. While the re-filed regulations do allow for “a very small number of students with disabilities to be allowed a reader on the state assessment,” a waiver process must be followed which does not guarantee that all students who are entitled to a reader will receive one. In addition, the regulations still remove accommodations such as the use of a calculator among other things. The Kentucky Department of Education will have a Public Hearing and Comment Period on this re-filed regulation on May 25, 2012. Please continue to share this petition. It is vital that the Board of Education and othe
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On behalf of the Kentucky Board of Education, thank you for your concern about accommodations for special education students. They have been made aware of your concerns and take all feedback seriously. As their staff, I have been asked ...
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