Smarter Balanced: Individual Student Accessibility and Accommodations Profile (ISAAP) Web-based Tool
The new web-based ISAAP tool developed by CRESST is designed to facilitate selection of the Designated Supports and Accommodations that match student access needs for the Smarter Balanced assessments, as supported by the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wpcontent/uploads/2014/08/SmarterBalanced_Guidelines.pdf). The ISAAP tool should be used in conjunction with the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines and state regulations and policies related to assessment accessibility as a part of the ISAAP process. The ISAAP tool generates a file that can be imported into the Smarter Balanced open source test delivery system to set up the ISAAP for multiple students.
The ISAAP process represents a thoughtful and systematic approach to addressing student access needs for Smarter Balanced assessments. The ISAAP process includes preparatory steps, a step for creating the ISAAP itself, and steps that allow educators to check that Designated Supports and Accommodations are entered correctly into the test engine. The overall goal of using the ISAAP process and ISAAP tool is to provide students with a comfortable testing experience that allows them to demonstrate what they know and can do. For students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans, ISAAP decisions are determined by the IEP or 504 teams, respectively.