Breaking New Ground in Accessibility: Innovations in Making NGSS-Aligned Assessments Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Thursday, June 29, 2017: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Lone Star Ballroom - Salon A (JW Marriott Austin)
Content Strands:
  1. Best Practices for Accessibility
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer great promise for improving science instruction and assessment across the country. And, while at least 19 states are now engaged in planning or developing new, NGSS-aligned assessments, most have not yet tackled the challenge of making NGSS assessments accessible to blind and visually-impaired students. The challenge is particularly great for NGSS since the standards call for extensive use of visual stimuli, such as simulations. This session profiles results of a recent study that examined how blind and visually-impaired students in K–12 learn science in classrooms. We will describe how results from this study are being applied in item development to provide visually-impaired students with access to assessments with significant visual stimuli and how these innovations are being used to support the California's NGSS–aligned tests. A representative from the USDE's Office of Special Education will offer reactions.
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