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Article 6. Participation in Statewide and Districtwide Assessment Programs   

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(a) As provided in paragraph (16) of subsection (a) of Section 1412 of Title 20 of the United States Code, individuals with exceptional needs shall be included in general statewide and districtwide assessment programs, including assessments described under Section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. SEC. 6301 et seq.), with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments where necessary and as indicated in their respective individualized education programs.

(b) The Superintendent, or in the case of a districtwide assessment, the local educational agency, shall develop and implement guidelines for the participation of individuals with exceptional needs in alternate assessments for those pupils who cannot participate in regular assessments described in subdivision (a) with accommodations as indicated by their respective individualized education programs. The guidelines shall provide for alternate assessments that meet the following requirements:

(1) Are aligned with the state's challenging academic content standards and challenging pupil academic achievement standards.

(2) If the state has adopted alternate academic achievement standards permitted under the regulations promulgated to carry out paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, measure the achievement of individuals with exceptional needs against those standards.

(c) The department, or in the case of a districtwide assessment, the local educational agency, shall make available to the public reports regarding the assessment of pupils that have been identified as individuals with exceptional needs with the same frequency and in the same detail as it reports on the assessment of pupils that have not been so identified, in accordance with subparagraph (D) of paragraph (16) of subsection (a) of Section 1412 of Title 20 of the United States Code.

(d) The Superintendent, or, in the case of a districtwide assessment, the local educational agency, shall, to the extent feasible, pursuant to subparagraph (E) of paragraph (16) of subsection (a) of Section 1412 of Title 20 of the United States Code, use universal design principles in developing and administering any assessments under this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 653, Sec. 37.)

Reference:

20 USC 1412

20 USC 6301 et seq.