Accessibility, Accommodations & Fairness TWG

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This expert working group advises the PARCC states on issues of accessibility, accommodations, and fairness.

Members of the working group provide technical guidance and expert recommendations to the Governing Board on consortium policies described in the PARCC Accommodations Manual, to be adopted by each member state for identifying eligible students, selecting acceptable accommodations, and administering accommodations. The group also works to ensure that Individualized Education Program teams receive information about the common assessment components and training to apply common accommodations guidelines.

Committee members

Members have a range of expertise in access and accommodations for English learners, students with disabilities and underserved populations, as well as an understanding of K-12 academic content.

English Learner Subgroup

Diane August, American Institutes for Research

H. Gary Cook, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University

Alba Ortiz, The University of Texas at Austin

Charlene Rivera, George Washington University, Center for Equity and Excellence in Education


Students with Disabilities Subgroup

Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Claudia Flowers, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Diane Spence, Region 4 Education Service Center, Braille Services

Martha Thurlow, National Center on Educational Outcomes

Daniel Wiener,* Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Equity and Underserved Populations Sub-Group of the Accessibility, Accommodations, and Fairness TWG

Amy Epstein, Leadership Public Schools

Keena Arbuthnot, Louisiana State University

Edward Bosso, Gallaudet University

Yvette Jackson, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University

Teresa L. McCarty, Arizona State University

Dianne Piche, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Gerunda Hughes will serve as the liaison to the PARCC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).


* chair 

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