[nobe-l] Standardized Testing

Kathy goldendolphin17 at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 23 00:44:12 UTC 2017


I think that being a special ed teacher in being blind in this situation is going to require you delegating some of that adaptive administration to the paras in your classroom. All resource rooms will have these assistance, and the truth is that you cannot take test materials to put them into adaptive formats for you to read as the teacher, nor can you load software onto a machine that the special ed student is using. You could not trust technology such as the cayenne FB reader to read the text to you with enough accuracy that you could therefore read it to a student. A testing company has no obligation to provide a real copy of the test for the teacher to read to a student. In some situations, that concept might be possible, but there is no legal obligation because you are not the testing individual. Because test materials are so tightly controlled and testing conditions are so restricted, this will be one area, in my opinion, that delegation is  necessary. 

Whenever I have to give over something that is not doable for me because of my blindness, I look for other things that I can simultaneously do more of. So, you can be the one on top of the schedule of who comes into the resource room when, or you could be the individual who is stacking the materials into the protective boxes. You could be the one working the timer or the one who is organizing files. You could be the one working with students who are not testing or the one who is doing extra planning while students are testing so that everybody will benefit from your proactive planning. 

Just my opinion, but a blind teacher is not going to be able to assist a cited student in a resource room with standardized testing very easily at all.

Kathy Nimmer
Even in the valleys, keep believing in the mountains.

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 3:57 PM, Tara Abella via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> During my student teaching, I will be assisting with the administration of our state wide standardized test. How do other blind teachers do this? Some students need tests read to them, responses recorded for them, or assistants with the computer if taking the test on the computer. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Tara
> Sent from my iPhone
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