PARCC 2015 Spring Operational Accessibility & Accommodations (v. 4.3)

Computer-Based Accessibility Features and Embedded Accommodations Available for Operational Online Testing in Spring 2015

This chart is based on the PARCC full technology specifications, as published in version 4.3 of that document, dated November 2014. It summarizes the accessibility features and computer-based accommodations that will be supported for the 2014-2015 assessment. Note: This document only addresses accessibility features and accommodations that will be built into the computer-based delivery platform.

More detailed information about PARCC accessibility including accommodations for paper forms can be found in the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Guidelines, here.

Tools – Available for all users

  Windows Mac iOS Chrome-
book
Android Linux
Always Available
Flag Items for Review Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notepad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zoom/Magnify Yes Yes Yes Yes1 Yes Yes
Turned on/off at form/section level by Test Define
Calculator — Scientific Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calculator – Five Function w/sq. root Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compass No No No No No No
Eliminate Answer Choice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Highlighter tool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pencil tool No No No No No No
Protractor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ruler (Inches/Centimeters) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TI Graphing Calc TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
TI Scientific Calc
(working with TI)
TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Item/Passage-level feature
Audio with Volume Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cut/Copy/Paste
(Writing Tools)2
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exhibits Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Passage Paging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pop-up Glossary
(above grade-level vocab)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spell Check3 No No No No No No
Video Playback Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Accommodated Forms features

  Windows Mac iOS Chrome-
book
Android Linux
PNP invoked
Answer Masking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assistive Technology4,5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5 Yes5
Closed Captioning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Background/Font Color
(Color Contrast) Settings
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Descriptive Video No No No No No No
General Masking No No No No No No
Line Reader Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Draggable Magnifier Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Refreshable Braille displays
(ELA only)
Yes5 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Spanish supported (math)
Add’l languages TBD
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text-to-Speech6 (for math) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text-to-Speech6 (for ELA) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unrestricted/Accommodated Calculator Use No No No No No No
Video of Human Interpreter
(math + directions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
American Sign Language (ASL)6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Notes

  1. Chrome OS 33 must be used to resolve known issues with the zoom functionality in kiosk mode.
  2. Pearson – discovered inconsistency with non-IE browsers. Functionality still works; address through training.
  3. Pearson – discovered security issue with browser-based dictionary. Server side dictionary could lead to performance issues or inconsistent user experiences.
  4. Pearson – discovered inconsistency among browsers when using browser-based magnification (Safari = 200%, Firefox = 300%, Chrome = 500%, IE = 1000%). Pearson recommends limiting the browser magnification setting to 300% or less.
  5. TestNav is developed according to WCAG 2.0, Level AA standards. Browsers and assistive technologies that comply with the W3C’s User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) and support WCAG 2.0, Level AA and the ARIA specification form from the W3C should be compatible with TestNav. If the assistive technology used does not support these standards, there may be compatibility issues.
  6. Proctor caching is required.

Text-to-speech Note

For the math tests, the text-to-speech functionality is considered an “accessibility feature.” That means it “can be used by any student taking the PARCC assessments (i.e., students with and without disabilities, gifted students, English learners, and English learners with disabilities). Since the accessibility features are intended for all students, they are not classified as accommodations” (see the manual).

However, just because the functionality is available to all students doesn’t mean test takers will automatically be given a test form with this functionality enabled. That’s because “recent research suggests that providing too many tools onscreen may lead to ineffective use of the tools provided and/or an impact on a student’s test performance.” Therefore, as noted above, you must indicate via the PNP file, for any student for whom you want text-to-speech to be available on the online tests, that text-to-speech should be enabled.

This applies only to the math tests. For the English language arts tests, the text-to-speech feature can only be enabled as an accommodation to meet the specific (and documented) needs of any student.