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Accommodations Administered

What accommodations were provided for students with disabilities and English learners on the WCBA Study?

Computer-based assessments, like the Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA), allow for universal design features that make the assessment accessible to a wider population of students and remove the need for separate testing sessions and additional administrator staff. The following screens show a few optional settings of the WCBA platform that were available for all students as well as additional accommodations provided for SD and EL students.

The following universal design features were built into the Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA) platform.

Test accommodations are alterations made to tests or testing conditions that allow students with disabilities (SD) and English learners (EL) to demonstrate what they know and can do. Press the Escape key to close the lightbox.

Text-to-Speech

A 'text-to-speech' function was available to read aloud all or selected portions of directions, tasks, and stimulus materials. Some stimulus materials, such as videos, had separate play buttons. Students were provided with earphones.

A 'text-to-speech' function was available to read aloud all or selected portions of directions, tasks, and stimulus materials.

Adjustable Font Size

Font size was adjustable up to 48 points (letters close to two-thirds of an inch tall) to ensure readability.

Font size was adjustable up to 48 points.

Varying Color Scheme

Students could choose from a variety of color schemes, including a high-contrast option.

Students could choose from a variety of color schemes, including a high-contrast option.

Additional Accommodations

Additional accommodations that were not part of the Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA) platform were also available for SD and EL students. They included, but were not limited to:

  • Extended time
  • Spanish version of assessment materials
  • Breaks during testing
  • Testing in a separate session
  • A screen magnifier (example shown below)
Additional accommodations that were not part of the Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA) platform were also available for SD and EL students. For example, a screen magnifier.

Last updated 12 November 2021 (AA)