It’s official… Modified assessments are going away — and state assessments are moving online.
Which means more students will be taking test that is more accommodations-friendly than ever before. So making the right accommodation decisions has never been more important.
Just one problem…
Teachers are making the wrong accommodation decisions 50% of the time (Fuchs and Fuchs, 2001).
But now that you have PAR (you do already have PAR, right?) — you’ve taken the first step to move from subjective judgement (or guessing…) to DATA-DRIVEN decision-making!
How do you get started?
Step 1: Get some background!
Denise DeCoste, PAR co-author, shares her story of how (and why!) PAR works in our on-demand webinar. Watch it, bookmark it, share it with your team.
Step 2: See it for yourself!
Step 3: Try it out!
The best way to get more familiar with the process is to try it out for yourself. Find a colleague and practice administering PAR on each other. Once you are more comfortable with the process, go ahead and try it out on at least one student who currently has a reading accommodation documented on their IEP.
TIP: Take video of your PAR trials to help share your experiences with your IEP team. This is especially helpful for anyone just getting started with PAR!
Districts that have implemented PAR on a consistent basis have reported that 70% of previous accommodation decisions (based on subjective judgement) are overturned after having solid data from the PAR process.
But how do you get your IEP team on-board?
Step 4: Bring your IEP team together!
Make learning about PAR a fun time for your team. Introduce your team to the PAR process, share your experiences with PAR, maybe even show them the video footage of your PAR experiences!
And doesn’t everyone enjoy a good party? Or shall we say, PAR-ty? And to make it easier, we’ve even prepared some PAR-ty planning materials for you!
Step 5: Show them the way!
Help your IEP teams get more comfortable with the PAR process by sharing the PAR in Action video with them.
Step 6: Give it a try!
Time to have your IEP team members try PAR out on their own. Challenge each member of your IEP team to administer PAR to one student with a reading accommodation documented on their IEP. If possible, don’t forget to remind them to take video of each trial. This footage will come in handy when your IEP teams start to share PAR with their colleagues!
So, why does PAR matter? Using PAR helps to identify your students for appropriate accommodations before they slip through the cracks, which can help to ensure your students are on the right path for success.
What do we do now?
Step 7: Come up with a plan!
Use your team meetings at each school to identify and prioritize the students who are most in need of PAR screening.
- Students who have been receiving human reader accommodations consistently for 1 school year, or more
- Students who appear to comprehend content, but who have slow decoding or slow reading fluency
Step 8: Set your goals!
Challenge each member of your IEP teams to administer 3 – 5 PAR screenings each month. Check in with your team on a monthly basis and provide consistent training on the reading accommodation available in your district. This process can now be repeated at each school in your district to build your capacity!
Step 9: Turn your limited read-aloud accommodations into Universal Access Accommodations!
With assessments going online — and read-aloud accommodations being built right in to the assessments — more students that ever will need instructional access to these accommodations throughout the school year.
Great news! You can now equip each school in your district with Snap&Read for the cost of just one iPad per year (per school)!