Don’t remove accommodations from special needs students!
  • Petitioned Senator Jack Westwood

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Education Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee
Senator Jack Westwood
Education Assessment and Accountability Subcommittee
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

Don’t remove accommodations from special needs students!

    1. Kennedy Turner
    2. Petition by

      Kennedy Turner

      Louisville, KY

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!

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    1. Progress!

      Kennedy Turner
      Petition Organizer

      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

    2. Call for legislative action!

      Kennedy Turner
      Petition Organizer

      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!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. 703 KAR 5:070 withdrawn in March and RE-FILED on April 12, 2012

      Kennedy Turner
      Petition Organizer

      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

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Kentucky Board of Education and Legislators responds:

      Kentucky Board of Education and Legislators

      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 ...


    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carlotta Halcomb LOUISVILLE, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      Support

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    • Jami Wade FAIRDALE, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing because we have failed these children enough by allowing them to continue past 1st grade without addressing their lack of strategic processing that would enable them to become proficient readers.

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    • Karen Sojourner KANSAS CITY, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing this because it is right. It is important.

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    • Michael Sellers PRINCETON, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because i coordinate fund raising events for Special Olympics and work in Corrections. I see how grateful the Special Olympics Athletes are for the opportunities they are given and how many rights, leisure activities and privileges criminals are given. If you need to make budget cuts they should be made from the least deserving not the most deserving.

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    • sharon fritts BARBOURVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      stepson has adhd

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