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Universal Design for Learning Breaking the Barriers May 29, 2008
Why do we evaluate? <ul><li>To determine the effectiveness of curriculum materials and methods </li></ul><ul><li>To compar...
Barriers to Accurate Assessment <ul><li>Individual learning differences </li></ul><ul><li>Media constraints </li></ul><ul>...
Individual learning differences <ul><li>Individual differences in content recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Individual differe...
Media constraints <ul><li>Considering the type of skill or knowledge being measured and the medium in which it is being as...
Lack of appropriate supports <ul><li>Focus on the goal of the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t remove daily supports dur...
Lack of integration with curriculum <ul><li>Most traditional assessments are detached from instruction and practice </li><...
Increasing Assessment Accuracy and Accessibility <ul><li>Flexibility in presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility in expr...
Flexibility in presentation <ul><li>Varied media </li></ul><ul><li>Different Supports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>links to backg...
Flexibility in expression and strategic supports <ul><li>Technology tools make it easier for the teacher to provide multip...
Flexibility in engagement <ul><li>Include embedded assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that every student is working at a ...
Motivation <ul><li>“the essential engine of learning” </li></ul>
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    1. 1. Universal Design for Learning Breaking the Barriers May 29, 2008
    2. 2. Why do we evaluate? <ul><li>To determine the effectiveness of curriculum materials and methods </li></ul><ul><li>To compare achievement levels within and across schools, school systems, districts and states </li></ul><ul><li>To evaluate student knowledge and skill </li></ul>
    3. 3. Barriers to Accurate Assessment <ul><li>Individual learning differences </li></ul><ul><li>Media constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of appropriate supports </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of integration with curriculum </li></ul>
    4. 4. Individual learning differences <ul><li>Individual differences in content recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Individual differences in strategic expression </li></ul><ul><li>Individual differences in engagement </li></ul>
    5. 5. Media constraints <ul><li>Considering the type of skill or knowledge being measured and the medium in which it is being assessed </li></ul><ul><li>Crossing media lines to gain a richer understanding of what students know </li></ul>
    6. 6. Lack of appropriate supports <ul><li>Focus on the goal of the assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t remove daily supports during an assessment </li></ul>
    7. 7. Lack of integration with curriculum <ul><li>Most traditional assessments are detached from instruction and practice </li></ul><ul><li>We need to examine the interaction between student and curriculum over time </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and talk to students </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing assessment allows us to measure the evolution of the learning </li></ul>
    8. 8. Increasing Assessment Accuracy and Accessibility <ul><li>Flexibility in presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility in expression and strategic supports </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility in engagement </li></ul>
    9. 9. Flexibility in presentation <ul><li>Varied media </li></ul><ul><li>Different Supports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>links to background info / vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagram </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Flexibility in expression and strategic supports <ul><li>Technology tools make it easier for the teacher to provide multiple options </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can combine a variety of tools to track learner progress </li></ul>
    11. 11. Flexibility in engagement <ul><li>Include embedded assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that every student is working at a comfortable and appropriate stage of difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Vary the content </li></ul>
    12. 12. Motivation <ul><li>“the essential engine of learning” </li></ul>
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