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Creating Accessible Testing Experiences for Deaf Students

Nov 30 - Dec 19, 2020

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Free | Limited Enrollment for Course: November 30 - December 18, 2020


Testing students who are deaf can present unique challenges for K-12 educators and test designers. 


And inaccessible tests can prevent the accurate assessment of deaf students — ruining testing outcomes and inadvertently creating barriers for advancement. 


Learn how to improve your testing design and administration with this new professional development course designed by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) especially for busy educators: 


  • Asynchronous online format fits into your hectic schedule, spreading 10 hours of instruction over three weeks.
  • Facilitated by experts and structured for you to engage in dialogue and share ideas with fellow educators.
  • Small class size to foster collaboration and networking, with a limited cohort for Fall 2020. 


About the Curriculum 


Creating Accessible Testing Experiences for Deaf Students uses evidence-based research, practical applications, and hands-on activities and discussions to address test equity for deaf students. The course is divided into three modules:

  • Week One provides a high level summary of test concepts, explores how many tests are not equitable for deaf people, and examines student backgrounds and access skills.
  • Week Two focuses on test design and development, reviews testing accessibility, and provides the opportunity to examine and discuss specific test items.
  • Week Three addresses test accommodations and how to determine a process to match students with what they require, such as providing ASL interpreters for online exams. 

Unlike many other professional development opportunities about working with the deaf community, this is a deaf-centered course. Created by the deaf-led team at NDC, it includes compelling input from deaf people, who explain their testing experiences and highlight the nuances that are essential to remember when working with a diverse deaf population.


Why Accessible Testing Matters


As gatekeepers to many educational programs and careers, tests can have a huge impact on people’s lives. Students need to gain a passing score on entrance exams in order to be considered for many colleges and universities. People seeking to start a new career often have to pass a certification or licensure test. 


But the way that many tests are developed and delivered put deaf people at a disadvantage, and they are not good measures of their knowledge and skills. It is one of many factors that lead to deaf people not achieving the same level of educational attainment or employment success compared to hearing people. 


Who It Is Designed For


Creating Accessible Testing Experiences for Deaf Students is free and open to all. This course is designed for K-12 educators, test designers and administrators, and disability support staff. It is also an opportunity for professionals across the U.S. to connect and collaborate. 


Professional Development Credit


With a passing score of 80% or above, participants receive a certificate of completion.