February 2020

TCEA Recap: Change the Process to Support the Purpose

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Last week, a group of Texthelpers attended TCEA, the Texas Computer Education Association conference. Compared to previous years, there was a noticeable increase in discussions around feedback/assessments and the need for change. But before changing, we first need to recognize what to change.

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The State of State Assessment

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At the annual ATIA conference in January, thought-leaders from several leading assistive technology (AT) companies, as well as Pearson and Smarter Balanced, formed a panel to discuss state assessments and the challenges in providing an equal and equitable experience for persons with disabilities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The 90-minute discussion was moderated by Joy Zabala from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and covered a range of topics including the variety of interpretations of ESSA, the differences in accommodations from state to state, and the conflict between accessibility and security during assessments. 

Keep reading to learn more about some of the key challenges and promising solutions when it comes to state assessments.

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