Universal Tools, Supports, and Accommodations

Universal Tools
Universal tools are online tools that are available to all students and are “on for all,” meaning they are available by default and do not require anything to be pre-marked in DRC INSIGHT Portal. For DRC BEACON the following universal tools are available:

  • Cross off
  • Highlighter
  • Sticky Notes
  • Magnification
  • Line Guide
  • Mark for Review (Flag)
  • Color Contrast
  • Masking
  • For designated math items:
    - Calculator
    - Graphing Tool
    - Protractor
    - Ruler

Supports and Accommodations
The DRC BEACON test offers English Text-to-Speech (TTS) on all adaptive (CAT) forms and Spanish TTS on Spanish math fixed forms. TTS uses a computer voice to read test materials aloud to students. TTS (English or Spanish) must be marked in DRC INSIGHT Portal BEFORE the test ticket is printed and, if properly enabled, will appear in the “Accommodations” section of a student’s test ticket as “TTS.”

The use of TTS for a test is at the teacher’s discretion—a student does NOT need to have read aloud noted in an IEP or 504 Plan.

Any student using TTS for their test should use headphones for all TTS-enabled sessions or test in a separate setting.

DRC BEACON also offers accommodations available on Fixed Forms.  The following accommodations are available and should be marked in the DRC INSIGHT Portal BEFORE a test ticket is generated: 

  • Video Sign Language (ASL) for Math and for ELA Speaking (where in use)
  • Spanish for Math
  • Braille Math and ELA