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Fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia, are getting ready to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and along with the standards come new assessments.

The National Federation of the Blind is currently investigating the accessibility features available for the spring 2014 PARCC field test. School districts were notified in the fall of 2013 whether or not they would be included in the testing.

If your child is scheduled to participate in either the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment or End-of-Year Assessment, the NFB would like to hear from you.

Please call paralegal Valerie Yingling at (410) 659-9314 x2440 if any of your students will participate in the testing. If you are unsure of whether or not they’ll be involved, ask your school’s principal. If your child will not be included in the testing because his or her accommodations will not be available, please also call Valerie Yingling.

PARCC field tests may be conducted in the following states and district: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

More information about the field tests is available on the PARCC site.

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Corbb O'Connor
Corbb, a blind entrepreneur, coordinates the outreach and marketing efforts for the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University as an independent consultant.

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