615 TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS, MODIFICATIONS, AND EXEMPTIONS FOR IEPS, SECTION 504 PLANS, AND LEP STUDENTS[Note: In 2013, the Minnesota legislature modified state graduation requirements by making the Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) tests optional for school districts. A district may decide whether individual students will meet graduation assessment requirements by meeting the GRAD requirements in reading, mathematics, and written composition; by taking the WorkKeys job skills assessment, the Compass college placement test, the ACT assessment for college admission, or a nationally recognized Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB); or by receiving a score on an equivalent assessment. Refer to the Minnesota Assessment System and Requirements Changes 2014-2017 document, which is posted to the Test Administration page of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website. While a district may choose not to include GRAD retests on the testing calendar, an individual student who requests a GRAD retest must be provided the opportunity to retest.]
The purpose of the policy is to provide adequate opportunity for students identified as having individualized education program (IEP), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, § 504 (504) accommodation, or limited English proficiency (LEP) needs to meet the graduation requirements of basic skills testings and graduation-required assessments for diploma (GRAD) tests.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. The school district will utilize the existing annual review of IEPs or 504 accommodation plans to review, on a case-by-case basis, the extent of student participation in basic skills testing and GRAD testing. For students subject to GRAD testing, the student’s IEP or 504 accommodation plan must identify one of the following decisions for each subject area of GRAD:
1. the student is expected to achieve the statewide standard with or without testing accommodations resulting in a “pass” or “p” notation on the record when achieving a passing score; or
2. the student is expected to achieve the statewide standard at an individually modified level of difficulty, resulting in a “pass” or “p” notation on the record when achieving the modified level. A Minnesota alternative assessment must be used when an IEP team chooses to replace the GRAD. Adoption of modifications for a student must occur concurrently with the adoption of transition goals and objectives as required by Minn. Stat. §
125A.08(a)(1). The IEP or 504 accommodation plan must define an appropriate assessment of the statewide standard at a modified level of difficulty. Achievement of the individually modified standard shall be certified only through documented student performance of the defined assessment.
Students subject to GRAD testing also must be tested under standard conditions as specified by the developer of the test except those students whose IEP or 504 accommodation plan specifies other decisions consistent with the above stated requirements.
B. Students with LEP needs must be identified and accommodations made for students subject to basic skills testing. Students subject to GRAD testing are required to pass the GRAD if they have been enrolled in any Minnesota school for at least four consecutive years. An English language learner (ELL) student who first enrolls in a Minnesota school in grade 9 or above and who completes the coursework and any other state and district requirements to graduate within a four-year period is not required to pass the GRAD.
III. DEFINITION OF TERMS
See the current “Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Assessments” which is produced by the Minnesota Department of Education and available through pearsonaccess.com.
IV. GRANTING AND DOCUMENTING ACCOMMODATIONS, MODIFICATIONS, OR EXEMPTIONS FOR BASIC SKILLS AND GRAD TESTING
See Chapter 5 of the current “Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Assessments.”
All test accommodations, modifications, or exemptions shall be reported to the School
District Test Administrator. The School District Test Administrator shall be responsible for keeping a list of all such test accommodations, modifications, and exemptions for school district audit purposes. Testing results will be documented and reported.
Legal References: Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.30 (Statewide Testing and Reporting System) Minn. Stat. § 125A.08(a)(1) (Individualized Education Programs)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0640-3501.0655 (Academic Standards for
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Academic Standards for
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0800-3501.0815 (Academic Standards for the
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0900-3501.0955 (Academic Standards in Science) Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1000-3501.1190 (Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma) (repealed Minn. L. 2013, Ch. 116, Art. 2, § 22) Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1300-3501.1345 (Academic Standards for Social Studies)
Cross References: MSBA/MASA Model Policy 104 (School District Mission Statement) MSBA/MASA Model Policy 601 (School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 613 (Graduation Requirements) MSBA/MASA Model Policy 614 (School District Testing Plan and Procedure)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 616 (School District System Accountability)