As I’ve explained
before, all of my students participate in alternate assessments, which are
called the TCAP-Alt Portfolio here in Tennessee. Those were completed and
submitted in February. This week, however, is regular standardized TCAP testing
at my school, and, although my students do not participate, I did not escape
this week unaffected.
I was selected by the
school counselor and resource teacher to administer the TCAP to a student who
receives testing accommodations. This particular student is allowed as many
breaks as needed during testing, a separate setting and read-aloud. This means that
he and I will be together in a small conference room where I will give him the
test by reading each question and answer choice. With the read-aloud
accommodation, you are also allowed to repeat as many questions and answers as
necessary and as many times as necessary.
This student will still
be required to complete the test within the allotted time but can take extra breaks
if needed. If this happens, I will have to record the time we stopped and
resumed to ensure he still is given the exact amount of actual working time on
the test. One section of the test will be completed each morning over a
four-day period, finishing up on a Friday.
Administering the test
obviously means that I will not be with my students for these four mornings. While
I have full faith that my assistants can hold the fort, it will be a long week
for my kids due to related arts classes being canceled and the hallways being
completely off-limits during testing.
So, I racked my brain
to think of something engaging to keep them occupied. One of my assistants came
up with the idea to make Mother’s Day crafts for our friends at the local
Senior Center, which we visit monthly. She found the cutest idea using hair scrunchies,
pencils, glitter glue and silk leaves to make “bouquets!” I knew my kids would
definitely get into this chance for creativity!
On our last day of
freedom before testing, we took a shopping trip to gather our materials and
spent a little time bowling with the P.E. classes from our school. I think we
all needed the fresh air and enjoyment to get us through being cooped up the
rest of the week!
I would love to hear
your experiences with standardized testing administration and accommodations. Also,
what type of plans do you leave for your students to do when you’re going to be
absent or out of the room?