Date
19 January 2020

Plan for inclusive assessments supported by AT

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using assistive technology in assessments and exams, including NCEA’

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Accessibility

Accessibility

When designing assessment tasks, consider the barriers for students created by:

  • text heavy assessments
  • multiple choice assessments (paper-based or online)
  • online assessments
  • time restrictions
  • writing tools
  • unfamiliar layout
  • length of assessment.

Identify support students need

Identify support students need

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in assessments.

Consider:

  • possible barriers, hidden, in the physical environment, for example: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers, hidden, in the resources and materials, for example: cluttered presentation, hard-to read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copy only
  • approaches to managing time allocations such as: calendar tools and visual timers
  • approaches to managing anxiety
  • approaches to maintaining concentration
  • negotiating breaks
  • use of digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific assessment/exam skills such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Digital assessment

Digital assessment

Use technology options to support assessment.

Text-to-speech options provide specific and critical support for students experiencing barriers to learning.

When designing and using standardised assessments, consider:

  • using digital assessments that can be personalised and adjusted by students e.g. font size, layout
  • assessments that can be used with text-to-speech options such as Read&Write.
  • using built-in options available within online PAT and STAR assessments, supporting students with dyslexia.

Self assessment

Self assessment

Consider how technology can be used by students to capture and assess their own learning.

Useful resources

Useful resources

An online guide with information and resources to support NCEA assessment, including SAC.
Website

Using digital technologies to support learning in a senior secondary context – Digital assessment

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Use AT in assessments and exams, including NCEA”:

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