Accommodations and accessibility tools

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What are accommodations and accessibility tools and how do they differ?



Accommodations are changes to the testing environment that make it easier for a student to demonstrate their achievement. NWEA does not place restrictions on which accommodations can be used. Please carefully consider your state and district accommodation policy, along with the accommodations given to students during instruction, so that accommodations are as consistent as possible between the classroom and assessments.

Accessibility tools and test aids

Accessibility tools are assistive technology tools that help a student interact with the test. These tools provide the actual accessibility functionality during the test, as opposed to the accommodations menu, which is a tracking tool only. Examples of assistive technology tools that have been successfully evaluated for use with MAP Growth testing include:
  • Operating system tools: Windows Magnifier, Mac OS X Zoom, iPad Zoom, Chromebook Magnifier
  • Purchased software: ZoomText, JAWS
  • Built-in tools: Keyboard navigation, highlighter, text-to-speech (on supported tests, must be assigned to student), calculator (on selected math items)

How are accessibility tools used?

When a student needs to use an accessibility tool during a MAP Growth test, the proctor will assign the test and also assign which accommodation the student will be using. The accessibility tool, if not built-in, will then need to be launched on the testing machine before the testing site is launched on the testing machine. This means the accommodation that the proctor selected has placed a tag on the test but the tool is providing the accessibility functionality.

For more details, see:
For more detailed information regarding accommodations or accessibility tools, please see Accommodations and Accessibility.

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