PARCC Will Make K–12 Assessments Accessible to Blind Students by Spring 2014 Field Tests

A settlement has been reached between the National Federation of the Blind, its affiliates, the parents of a blind high school student in New Jersey, and PARCC, Inc. (a nonprofit corporation established in 2013 by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). The settlement resolves the suit filed in late January by the student’s parents because the assessment tests that would be field tested at the student’s high school (and other schools) this spring were not accessible to students who were blind. Under the terms of the settlement, PARCC will make its practice tests accessible to blind students by the time of the field tests this spring 2014, by using Braille files (for embossing in hard-copy Braille) or by electronic access methods (such as refreshable Braille displays and text-to-speech screen reader software). Read the terms of the agreement in a suit filed in late January.