SDE: Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Information

Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Information

Accessibility is a core principle of the Smarter Balanced development process. The assessment system uses technology to deliver assessments that fit the needs of individual students. Assessment items and performance tasks will be associated with a variety of accessibility tools and accommodations that can be delivered to students automatically based on their profile.

Smarter Balanced Governing States recently approved Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines for the assessment system, which will shape the delivery of online testing for all students, including those with visual, auditory, linguistic, or physical needs. 

The categories below distinguish between embedded tools included in the testing platform and non-embedded tools.

  • A set of universal accessibility tools—such as a digital notepad and scratch paper—will be available to all students.
  • Designated supports—like a translated pop-up glossary—will be made available to students for whom a need has been identified by school personnel familiar with each student’s needs and testing resources.
  • Accommodations will be available to students with a documented need noted in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. These tools include Braille and closed captioning, among others.
Connecticut Assessment policies dictate variations for the  designated supports and accommodations from those defined in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines. Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for information specific to Connecticut.

For more information from Smarter Balanced, visit the Support for Under-Represented Students page on the Smarter Balanced Web site.

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