Applicants may request disability provisions for the test if the child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition or injury, to ensure reasonable access to the test. Supporting documentation is required.
Disability provisions are practical arrangements designed to support students who could not otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know under test conditions. Arranging disability provisions is consistent with obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
The Team reviews applications for disability provisions. Some examples of disability provisions include alternative format papers e.g. braille /large print, extra time, separate room with supervision, rest breaks, computers/laptops, assistive technology, reader, scribe, oral/sign interpreter.
Applying for disability provisions
When applying for disability provisions, supporting evidence outlining the impact of the student’s disability on learning, must be sent to the Team after submitting the application. Some examples of supporting evidence include medical reports, allied health reports functional assessments, documentation of current adjustments, teacher reports, results from standardised testing. The Team may contact the school or the parent to gather further information to support the application.
Disability provisions also apply to temporary and emergency-related disabilities such as where students break their writing arms a week before the test. Parents need to let the Team know the situation as soon as possible and provide supporting evidence.
Parents of a student with a disability must list the disability when they make their application to the Team. To request disability provisions for opportunity class testing, parents must also list the provisions they are requesting in the application. Once parents have submitted their application and received a confirmation email, they must provide the Team with supporting evidence of their child’s disability, such as medical reports or any recommendations from a health professional.
Parents do not need to submit students’ asthma and anaphylaxis plans to the Team. For students with anaphylaxis, parents will be notified that they must give an anaphylaxis kit to the presiding officer before the test starts.
Parents do not need to seek permission for students to use glasses or asthma medication during opportunity class testing. These items are allowed.
Apart from anaphylaxis response, test supervisors may not be trained in first aid. It is therefore important that parents disclose any relevant medical information about their child.
The Team has the discretion to refuse to test any student with the potential to exhibit behaviour which may intimidate or cause harm to supervisors or other students unless parents are prepared to make themselves available to immediately remove the student from the test centre if required.
Disability provisions for existing disabilities cannot be modified or added to after Friday 21 August 2020 and disability provisions requested for the first time after Friday 21 August 2020 cannot be guaranteed.
When disability provisions have been arranged the Team will send parents an email or letter listing the approved provisions (approximately two weeks before the test). The Team will also advise the student’s current public school, the principal of the test centre and the presiding officer – the person in charge of the test.
Students with a disability will be given individual consideration during the selection process.
Examples of disability provisions
Some examples of possible test provisions for disabilities including medical conditions or behavioural disorders include:
- large print test papers
- FM transmitters
- test papers printed on a specific colour
- separate seating or a seat at the front
- closer supervision
- showing answers in the question booklet instead of the answer sheet
- medications or equipment to be taken to the test centre.