The Arc of Indiana honors Houchin

State Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, has been named 2020 Legislator of the Year by The Arc of Indiana, an organization which assists Hoosiers with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Houchin earned the award for her work on Senate Enrolled Act 346 during the 2020 Legislative Session. SEA 346 requires the Indiana Department of Education to provide certain accommodations to students in grades 6-12 on every section of Indiana's standardized annual assessments, to the extent permitted under federal law, if such accommodations are included in the student’s individualized education program or 504 plan. This includes text-to-speech, screen reader or human reader accommodations, and calculators. Previously, certain accommodations for students with disabilities were prohibited on portions of Indiana's standardized tests.

SEA 346 also requires the Indiana State Board of Education, in consultation with the Arc of Indiana and the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, to consult with individuals who specialize in special education as part of the SBOE's oversight of the development and implementation of the ILEARN test. Additionally, SEA 346 established the Indiana Standards and Assessment Accommodation Task Force to further review the accommodations provided during the ILEARN exam and whether they are appropriate for accurately measuring a student's learning.

The Arc of Indiana's Legislator of the Year award goes to a legislator who has been a true champion for Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the previous legislative session. The Arc of Indiana is an organization committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community.

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