Reasonable accommodation during calibration and national assessment investigation

The M-decreet entered into force in September 2015. The government introduced new measures to offer more students with specific educational needs a place in mainstream education.

Reasonable accommodations remove barriers that pupils face with specific educational needs in a normal school environment.

STEP makes current accommodations during calibration and national assessment investigation. Two conditions must be met:

Condition 1: There must be a “report” or justification describing why a specific pupil wants to rely on a certain reasonable accommodation during a certain calibration or national assessment investigation. This can include:

Condition 2: This pupil makes use of this reasonable accommodation in the learning or subject domain covered by this specific calibration or national assessment investigation (for instance when taking tests within this learning or subject domain) in daily school life. The pupil is familiar with this reasonable accommodation.
An example: When a pupil with dyslexia in the context of reading comprehension in the classroom uses certain reading software, this student (with a report or justification; see condition 1) may also use this reading software in the reading or calibration test on reading comprehension.
In this way STEP wants students to work in a similar way during the calibration or national assessment test as during other evaluation moments in the classroom.

Some examples of reasonable accommodations during a calibration or national assessment test:

  • Pupils with dyslexia who use reading software in class (for instance Kurzweil 3000, Sprint, Alinea, Textaid)
  • Pupils with dyspraxie who use a computer or another form of digital writing aid in class for tests and exams
  • Pupils who have more time needed to take tests and exams in class, for example following a report or a motivated report
  • Hearing impaired who use aids in the classroom to take tests and exams
  • Pupils for whom all study material in the classroom is converted to Braille or large print
  • Pupils who use technical aids in the classroom, such as a reading magnifier or a modified table and chair
  • Other accommodations, such as pupils who put on headphones in class during a test so that they are less likely to be distracted, pupils who sit in a quiet corner of the classroom during a test so that they are less likely to be distracted, etc.

STEP will examine every question concerning reasonable accommodations within the framework of the specific calibration or national assessment investigation around which the question is asked.