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Friday, March 11, 2016

NEW! Accessible Tests Resource Center

APH’s new President Craig Meador envisioned an online Accessible Tests Resource Center. Director Debbie Willis accepted the opportunity to make valuable test-related data/information/resources available for use by test publishers, item developers, accessible media producers, test takers who are blind or visually impaired, their parents, guardians, teachers, school administrators, test administrators, and a variety of assessment personnel and test teams across the country. Communications Department Director Scott Blome, Media Specialist Ricky Irvine, Webmaster Malcolm Turner, and Social Media Specialist Paul Ferrara agreed to create this new sub-site of our APH website, to check content for logical flow and accessibility, and to incorporate information provided onto the site, while adding interesting graphics-based information to enhance readability of the text-based information.
At this time, there are 25 major categories that focus on the topic of Accessible Tests. The list of categories include accessibility, accommodations, assistive technology, common core standards, expanded core curriculum, federal and state laws and guidelines, NAEP and major/minor consortia, position papers, research, resources, and more. For the new site’s official launch scheduled to take place on Friday, March 4, 2016, the Accessible Tests Resource Center project team has focused on six categories which are accessibility, educational policy, expanded core curriculum, NAEP and major/minor consortia, position papers, and resources.
In order to make this new site as comprehensive, up-to-date, and valuable as possible, Director Debbie Willis is asking for your involvement. There is a form included on the new site that can and hopefully will be used by you and others to provide your comments, data, ideas, information, resources, suggestions; relevant photos, graphics, and quotes for interest and readability; to ask questions; to express concerns and/or test-related needs; to recommend additional major categories and/or subcategories; and very important, to submit your own contributions such as documents, presentations, webcasts, videos, resources, photos, etc.
Visit the new site at Project staff looks forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance for your help and involvement with the new Accessible Tests Resource Center site on the APH website. The Project Team hope this new site will prove to be valuable to you and others involved in developing or adapting standardized tests, providing accessible media and/or tools and assistive technology, and administering and interpreting assessment results of test takers who are blind or visually impaired.

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