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!