Developing Equitable Assessments: Creating Standards for Accessibility/Accommodations and Enhanced Item Innovations

Friday, June 30, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Lone Star Ballroom - Salon B (JW Marriott Austin)
Content Strands:
  1. Best Practices for Accessibility
SUMMARY:
Universal Design of assessments is intended to improve access and minimize the need for external accommodations, such that the measure is valid and as intended. While the field has come very far on providing accessible assessments, tools, and accommodations, there is often diversity item accommodation methodology, features and functionality of tools and accommodations, and overall variability in user experiences. A panel of experts in accessibility, assessments, and instruction will share their knowledge on the importance of standardization in approaching Universal Design, within the sphere of innovation and flexibility, and in particular for students who use assistive technology and students with visual disabilities. This session will describe 1) challenges encountered with the lack of standardization guidelines, 2) approaches to overcoming those challenges, and 3) the importance of key areas for standardization as demonstrated through the work of IMS Global, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and Image Description Guidelines (Northwest Evaluation Association).
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