Best Practices in Developing a Universally Designed Assessment on Scientific Reasoning
Wednesday, June 21 11:50 AM-12:10 PM
The purpose of this session is to showcase an example of a universally designed assessment on scientific reasoning. This technology-based assessment incorporates universal design for assessment principles so that it meets a wide range of needs of learners who will take the assessment. The problem with many assessments is that they impose barriers for many students who may struggle with learning issues unrelated to the content of the test (e.g., issues with decoding text, limited vocabularies, shortened attention spans, etc.). These traditional tests end up not accurately measuring the construct that they intend to measure because it is testing a host of skills irrelevant to the content of the test itself. Our goal is to share best practices in developing a universally designed assessment as well as our lessons learned in the process and future plans for testing.