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Assessment Accommodations April: Guides to Testing Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students in Maryland

For individuals with disabilities, accommodations make the difference between access to opportunities and being shut out of those opportunities. Accommodations, while vital, vary from individual to individual and depend on many different factors. Join the Bridges Helpdesk as we explore understanding, identifying, and advocating for accommodations in the area of assessments, including quizzes and tests, state-required tests, and tests required for college admission and for earning college credit.

Join us as we explore blind/low vision-related accommodations, from definition through application on high-stakes tests.

  • April 5: Accommodations versus Modifications
  • April 12: Categories of Assessment Accommodations
  • April 19: Importance of Using Assessment Accommodations Consistently
  • April 26: Guides to Testing Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students in Maryland

In this fourth installment of our “Assessment Accommodations April” series, we share “Guides” to testing accommodations for tests required by the State of Maryland and “Guides” to tests required for college entrance and for college credit. These guides can help students, families, and educators understand which accommodations are available on any given test. This understanding will help all members of the IEP team identify and consistently provide needed accommodations to adequately prepare students for high-stakes testing and post-secondary education and employment.

Guides to Testing Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students in Maryland

College-related Exam Guides

College Entrance Exams (PSAT®, SAT®, and ACT®) for Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

College Board Credit-Earning Exam Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Assessments Credit-Earning Exam Accommodations for Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

Maryland Assessments Guides

For Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) for Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

For Students Grades 3-8 and High School

MCAP for English and Math for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

MCAP for Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Social Studies, and Government for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

MISA (Science) for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

Alternate MCAP and MISA for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

For English Language Learners

WIDA Screener for Kindergarten for Maryland Blind/Low Vision for Students Guide

WIDA Screener for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide—Paper Tests

WIDA Screener for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide—Online Tests

WIDA Kindergarten ACCESS for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide—Paper Tests

WIDA ACCESS for ELLS for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Students Guide—Online Tests

WIDA Alternate ACCESS for Blind/Low Vision for Students in Maryland Guide

For Students with “Significant Cognitive Disabilities”

Alternate MCAP and MISA for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Guide

WIDA Alternate ACCESS for Blind/Low Vision for Students in Maryland Guide

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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