Saturday, August 20, 2016

IEB accommodations

Most South African private schools belong to the IEB. The IEB - or independent examinations board - is an agency that conducts assessments for schools and adult education institutions. Matric students in IEB high schools write exams that are set by the IEB. Therefore, it is the IEB that determines any matric concessions for students needing accommodations.

A concession is an allowance granted to students with specific learning needs. The need for a concession is identified by way of an educational assessment. Matric concessions vary depending on the needs of the student and the resources of the school. The IEB currently offer a wide range of concessions for students who qualify for them. These include:

Additional Time
An additional five, ten or fifteen minutes per hour of examination is granted to learners.

Amanuensis 
An amanuensis is a person who reads to and scribes for the learner. The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet. A separate venue is required for this accommodation. 

Braille 
When the learner has been educated using Braille, examination papers can be offered in Braille. 

Computer 
A learner may use a computer to present his/her answers in a typed form. Access to a printer is essential. A separate venue is required for this accommodation.

Enlarged Print 
Enlarged print can be requested to make an examination paper more accessible to a learner. 

Handwriting 
A handwriting accommodation means that a sticker is placed on each of a learner's answer books. This indicates to the marker that untidy writing must be accommodated. 

Medication/food intake 
Learners may require an opportunity to take medication during an examination and/or have access to food and beverages used to maintain sugar levels and treat low blood sugars. Rest breaks should also be applied for in conjunction with this accommodation. A separate venue is usually required when this accommodation is granted. 

Practical assistant
A practical assistant accommodates a learner's specific needs to ensure he/she is able to complete an examination. For example, a child in a wheelchair may require a practical assistant during a practical examination and a colour blind candidate may require a practical assistant in Geography Paper II. The appropriate assistance must be provided without the practical assistant engaging in conversation with the candidate. A separate venue is required for this accommodation. 

Prompter 
The function of a prompter is to refocus a learner who is easily distracted. This may be done using a verbal or physical cue. A separate venue is required for this accommodation. The prompter may not interfere with the learner's answers to the examination. 

Reader 
A reader reads all text in an examination paper to a learner. The learner may request sections of text to be re-read. A separate venue is required for this accommodation. The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet. 

Rest breaks
A rest break is a period of time when the learner is not required to be at his/her desk but must remain in the examination venue. Rest break time does not count as extra writing time. The rest break time used will be added to the examination session. A separate venue is required for this accommodation.

Scribe
A scribe writes verbatim what the learner dictates. A separate venue is required for this accommodation. The entire examination session must be recorded and a copy of the recording submitted with the answer booklet.

Separate Venue 
A separate venue is a quiet environment away from the main examination centre. The use of a separate venue is either to assist an individual learner or to prevent possible disturbance to others.

Specific Equipment 
The IEB must be notified of any specific equipment required. In circumstances where the use of specific equipment may distract others a separate venue may be requested.

Spelling 
A spelling accommodation is awarded when there is a significant discrepancy between the chronological age and spelling age of the learner and the learner's ability to express thoughts adequately is thus compromised. A spelling sticker is placed on each of a learner's answer books. The marker must ignore the spelling as long as what is written is phonetically correct. Please note that in the languages in Paper I where textual editing is examined and spelling is part of the content knowledge required at Grade 12 level spelling will count.

Other
The IEB will consider unique cases which have not been included above.

For more information about educational assessments for these concessions, please contact me on nkhprac@gmail.com 

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