RESOLUTION 2010-13

Exit Testing
AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2010-13

SUMMARY:

1. This organization categorically supports the notion that people who are blind and not otherwise disabled must receive testing accommodations that meet their needs rather than being exempted from the need to pass state exit tests.

2. This organization categorically believes that reading through listening constitutes reading and urges courts and jurisdictions to find ways to allow students who, through no fault of their own, cannot read braille or large print to take tests that will allow them to qualify for their high school diplomas as their classmates can.

3. Copies of this resolution be sent to the board of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the board of directors of NASDE, and the board of directors of NAPVI (the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments).

WHEREAS, in many states a variety of rules are being adopted that allow blind or visually impaired students to graduate from high school even though they have not passed state exit tests; and

WHEREAS, this accommodation is provided because it is argued that it is inappropriate to judge state exit tests taken by blind people or people with low vision because there is no assurance that the accommodations provided when testing are sufficient; and

WHEREAS, some students who cannot read braille or large print are not permitted to take the reading portion of the state exit test because it is argued that listening does not constitute reading; and

WHEREAS, these anomalies can sometimes significantly affect the range of options that are available to students who are blind or who have low vision upon completion of high school;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., on the 16th day of July, 2010, that this organization categorically support the notion that people who are blind and not otherwise disabled must receive testing accommodations that meet their needs rather than being exempted from the need to pass state exit tests; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization categorically believe that reading through listening constitutes reading and urges courts and jurisdictions to find ways to allow students who, through no fault of their own, cannot read braille or large print to take tests that will allow them to qualify for their high school diplomas as their classmates can; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the board of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the board of directors of NASDE, to the board of directors of NAPVI (the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments), and to the directors of the Department of Education in each state.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary