Full course description
Implementing Test Equity Concepts is the second of three courses in a sequence focusing on Test Equity. The first course, Foundations of Test Equity, explained why deaf individuals often face obstacles to fair and equitable testing. This course addresses the practical applications of test equity rooted in federal law. Learning builds on concepts from the foundations course, and expands on concepts including Universal Design principles for test design, test fairness and validity, and accommodations to consider for deaf students.
Implementing Test Equity Concepts is a self-paced course to be completed in 3 hours. This course provides concrete strategies to improve test equity and measurement for deaf students. In this course participants will learn:
how can applying Universal Design principles improve equity,
how bias relates to test equity and what can be done to make advances in fair testing,
the role accommodations play in improving test equity,
and what are the limitations of accommodations.
This course digs deeper into what test equity means for deaf students. Participants who complete this course will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of how Universal Design applies to test design and administration,
Identify characteristics of a fair test and sources of potential biases in test design,
Demonstrate understanding of when and how accommodations improve test equity,
Identify key aspects of test access and test validity for deaf students.
What It Addresses
For most students, test-taking is a challenge. For deaf students, classroom quizzes, tests, and exams are even more challenging when they are inaccessible. Standardized tests—the SAT, ACT, state proficiency tests, and psychoeducational evaluations—present additional challenges for deaf students for many reasons. The educational system has no clear guidelines or best practices on administering tests, making tests accessible, or using test results to determine placement, achievement, or advancement for deaf students. Yet to create equitable testing experiences professionals must not only understand the barriers deaf individuals encounter but how to implement practices to preserve the validity of the test and authenticity of the results.
Who It Is Designed For
Implementing Test Equity Concepts is recommended for people who have already taken the Foundations of Test Equity Concepts. This is free and open to all. It is designed for both postsecondary and secondary educators, test designers and administrators. The information will also be beneficial to disability service providers, sign language interpreters, or anyone interested in learning about test equity.
Professional Development Credit
Periodically NDC offers a 3-week facilitated course called Creating Accessible Testing Experiences for Deaf Students. This is an interactive course about how to improve test accessibility, design, and outcomes in this facilitated asynchronous course for K-12 educators. We recommend you subscribe to our newsletter to receive notifications on upcoming registration and information on upcoming courses.