Information about a research grant the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation received in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education can now be found on the CETE website at https://cete.drupal.ku.edu/accessibility-technology-enhanced-assessments.
The Accessibility for Technology-Enhanced Assessments Project (ATEA) is a two-year, $1.75 million research grant awarded by the United States Department of Education, Enhanced Assessments Grant program (EAG) in October 2012.
The ATEA project will investigate and promote the accessibility of technology-enhanced tests for students with vision and motor disabilities. These technology-enhanced tests, currently in development for both general education and special education students by six multi-state assessment consortia, will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. The tests will represent a major shift in the application of technology and educational testing innovation in K-12 schools across the country. The six consortia are:
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers;
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium;
- Dynamic Learning Maps™ Consortium;
- National Center and State Collaborative;
- Assessment Services Supporting English Learners through Technology Systems; and
- English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (will not be developing tests until 2015).
Students with vision and motor disabilities are among the students who have historically received the most individualized, and thus non-standardized, accommodations when taking tests. Therefore, the issues of access to test content and score comparability have not been studied for these students with computerized tests. The ATEA project will identify how to validly and accurately include students with vision and/or motor disabilities in all assessments that are under development by the six consortia.
The Kansas State Department of Education serves as the project’s fiscal agent and provides coordination and operational support. CETE will conduct the research and provide the project’s deliverables. State departments of education in Michigan, Missouri, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin will also participate and provide the project’s deliverables.
For more information about the ATEA project, visit https://cete.drupal.ku.edu/accessibility-technology-enhanced-assessments.