Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies
This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with disabilities and the assessments they take? and (2) How are accommodations included in states’ test security policies? They analyzed publicly available written documents from all state department of education websites for information about accommodations or issues related to the inclusion of students with disabilities for regular and alternative assessments. The researchers found that some of the test security policies provided relatively little detail about issues related to accommodated tests or the AA-AAS, while other policies may have allowed practices that created unnecessary security risks. The authors conclude that there is a need for states to thoughtfully consider how to balance test security and accessibility, and they offer a series of questions that states may want to consider as they develop or refine test security policies for students with disabilities.