OK... here's the annual complaint thread about the oh-so-stupid NCLB state testing mandates. It's SO stupid. It's SUCH a waste of time. WHY am I doing factorial expressions with a kid who doesn't know what a number is???? Anyway......rant over.... now it's time to problem solve. One of the APA Test Links is: Compose complete sentences using a computer or word processor. How do I get my kid who doesn't know letters, let alone words, to compose a complete sentence using a computer or word processor? She can't visually transfer from paper to keyboard to screen (so copying a sentence isn't even an option, even if that were allowed by the state). She can't recognize her own name.... A lot of the other activities I am "creative" with and I make multiple choice options and she puts a bingo marker dot on the response she's chosen. It's totally random, but hey, we got advanced proficient last year with her randomness, so I'll keep going with it. We followed all of the guidelines and she met criteria (and exceeded it!) in all areas. For example, if it says "Solve algebraic expressions" as the link, I will put something like this: 1. 6 + a = 9 a= ? 3 5 6 2. B + 2 = 4 b= ? 1 2 0 etc. etc. Is my kid learning algebraic expressions??? Heck no. She circles/bingo dots random stuff and we submit the ones she gets 60% or higher on. But with the writing???? you can't give choices, there's no true false option, etc....??? It is stumping me. Does anyone have similar state regs (kids MUST do exactly what is asked with NO assistance) with kids with severe disabilities? What do I do? Even a writing program like Writing With Symbols - you have to know how to WRITE to use that!!!! I am totally at a loss. But I KNOW that kids from the CP school with limited mobility and cognitive ability PASS this... so there has to be a way around it. SCRIBING is a legit accommodation... but she would have to be dictating the sentence to me... and she's non-verbal!!!