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UTAH - Pausing, Retake, & Special Accommodations Policies (USBE)

USBE policies for pausing exams and retakes delivered through YouScience certification exams platform.

State policy is such that in order to protect the integrity of CTE skill certification exams, it does not allow for a student to enter a secure testing environment, leave, and then return to the same secure environment at a later time to finish an exam after having been exposed to test items. Such a practice compromises test integrity and does not meet the minimum acceptable standards for educational testing as outlined in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing sanctioned by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Teachers requiring an exam to be reopened must receive approval from officials at USBE before calling YouScience customer support (801-653-9356).

Exams may be paused and then later resumed under the following circumstances:

  1. Students who require multiple days to complete an exam as authorized by a student’s official IEP or 504 plan.
  2. An official emergency as recognized and authorized by school administration.
  3. Directive from YouScience or officials at USBE to interrupt testing during the administration of an exam.

Exams may NOT be paused and reopened for the following reasons:

  1. To give students more time to complete an exam beyond class time limit.
  2. To allow students to leave the classroom for a school or personal activity unless that activity is an emergency and has been authorized by school administration, YouScience, or officials at USBE.
  3. To allow students more time to leave and study for an exam after the student has already been exposed to exam items.

For students who need more time to take an exam, we recommend that the school schedule a computer lab for students to take the test so they are not limited to a 60 minute class schedule. We also recommend that teachers set the class/test up in the system long before students get to class so valuable test time is not taken before students log onto the system.

If educators are aware that students have previously scheduled extracurricular school functions that might interfere with their ability to take an exam, then teachers and administrators are responsible for scheduling a time for testing to accommodate the official school activities of the student.

Skills Exam Retake Policy

Students can take an exam ONLY once during the semester in which the student is enrolled. If a certificate is not achieved, students must officially re-enroll in the course the following semester in order to re-take the assessment.

Special Accommodations

The Utah State Board of Education serves special populations as defined by the federal Perkins V: The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. The local education agency (LEA) is responsible for providing special testing accommodations according to the terms outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.

    •  If a student’s official IEP, 504, and/or ELL requires a reader as part of the testing accommodation, then the LEA is required to provide that reader. However, the reader MUST be a third-party provided by the LEA and not the teacher or proctor to the exam.
    •  If a student’s official IEP, 504, and/or ELL require testing accommodations such as additional time or multiple sessions,  the proctor or program administrators must contact YouScience customer support to arrange these accommodations.

Students who have been officially designated as English Language Learners (ELL), enrolled on or after April 15 of the current school year, and are new to the United States (first year of enrollment) are exempt from all state tests.

Parents have the right to opt their children out of any testing required by or facilitated through the Utah State Board of Education. In addition, students over 18-years old also have a right to opt-out of a state-level test with no academic penalty resulting for the student.

As a district or state level administrator, you can add testing accommodations for students. 

Additional information can be found by visiting: https://schools.utah.gov/cte/skillcertificate/testadministration


For questions regarding these policies please contact the USBE:

Greg Richens, Education Specialist
CTE Skill Certification
Phone: (801) 538-7853 | greg.richens@schools.utah.gov


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