Purpose of the Accommodations Manual:

The Student Assessment Accommodations Manual, 2013–2014 Update, published by the Public Education Department, provides information to district and school staff, including Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, Student Assistance Teams (SAT), English language learner (ELL) Teams, and Language Assessment Teams (LAT), as well as Test Coordinators and Test Administrators. It assists them in selecting, administering, monitoring, and evaluating the use of accommodations for the Standards Based Assessment (SBA), the New Mexico High School Graduation Assessment (HSGA), the New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment (NMAPA), the Alternate Assessment for High School Graduation (AAHSG), Discovery Education Assessment (DEA), and End-of-Course Exams (EoCs). The information in this manual is applicable to students requiring test administration practices or assessment accommodations including general education students, students receiving special education services, students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans, and English language learners (ELLs). School and district personnel should become thoroughly familiar with the content of this manual to ensure that students receive appropriate and effective accommodations during testing.

Key Elements in Accommodation Policy and Procedures:

A number of important policy elements are presented in the 2014 Accommodations Manual including the following:
  • Coded accommodations are allowable only for students with IEPs, Section 504 Plans, or current ELL status.
  • All students are eligible for Test Administration Practices.
  • All accommodations for testing and instruction must be recorded in a student’s IEP, 504 Plan, ELL Plan, or SAT Plan.
  • Accommodation Code numbers must be entered into the Bio-grid for all standardized tests developed by a test vendor.
  • Scribing directions are included in Appendix C.
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