Special Education Parent Newsletter
Parent Attorney Kerry Agins to Present
What is Dyslexia?
Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This Definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Many state education codes, including New Jersey, Ohio and Utah, have adopted this definition.
Ohio’s State Tests Now More Accessible to All Kinds of Learners
Ohio’s State Tests support every child’s education because they help tell a child’s school where he or she stands in the learning process. The tests also help schools know what areas they must focus on to improve their students’ learning experiences over time. This means all children, including students with disabilities and English language learners, must have a chance to take high-quality state tests.
Ohio now has designed state tests that make it easier for students of all abilities to show what they have learned and can do. For example, the computer-based state tests allow all students to use line readers or to cover up parts of the test they are not working on.
These features also will give students with disabilities and English language learners easier access to the tests. But students in these groups will not be limited to these “universal” tools. Students with disabilities and English language learners still may need additional features to take the state tests successfully. Examples are the ability to use noise buffers or having extra time to finish the test. Ohio still offers these many supports. For details, see Ohio’s Accessibility Manual with Appendices. A table showing these “designated supports” begins on page 5.