Varying Exceptionalities (VE) ACCESS
Program Facilitator for VE-ACCESS
Office: (850) 983 - 5560
FSAA Determination Flowchart
ACCESS Teacher of the Month
This month I had the pleasure of observing Ms. Weaver’s class at HNP. Ms. Weaver utilizes formative assessments in her class to help monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback. First, Ms. Weaver presented the skill she wanted to teach during a whole group lesson. Then, she modeled the skill and broke it down for her students. Last, she assessed the skill. Some of her students needed ongoing exposure to the skill due to the complexity level, so she created a cold probe assessment that she utilizes during independent activities to allow students the opportunity to practice the skill. This also gave her the opportunity to assess the skill daily and provide ongoing feedback to ensure students increase independence for standards mastery. This activity takes about 5 minutes and provides daily learning data for the teacher. Great Job Ms. Weaver! Keep up the amazing work!
VE-ACCESS classrooms focus on providing a continuum of support and services for individualized needs of all students across an array of functioning disabilities and grade levels. Programs for students with varying exceptionalities encompasses instructional and related services that provide significant adaptations and modifications to curriculum, methodology, materials, equipment, or the learning environment.
Eligibilities Associated with VE ACCESS Classrooms include: Autism Spectrum (ASD), Language Impaired (LI), Other Health Impaired (OHI), and/or Occupation and Physical Therapy (OT, PT), Intellectual Disabilities (InD) and Developmentally Delayed (DD).
Standardized Testing for VE ACCESS is the Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA).
All Florida students participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment program (Florida Standards Assessments, Statewide Science Assessment, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA measures student academic performance on the Access Points (FS-AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Access Points reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity. Student performance is assessed at three levels of complexity. Students' achievement is reported through performance levels described as emergent, achieved and commended. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is expected that only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible under IDEA will participate in the FSAA (Florida State Department of Education, August 26, 2016).