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Test Equity Course Series is a Program

Test Equity Course Series

Started Apr 16, 2018
2.0 credits


Full program description

Tests are a common part of our educational landscape and are often gatekeepers for access to advanced training or job placement.  Private, state and local government entities are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to “ensure that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to fairly compete for and pursue such opportunities by requiring testing entities to offer exams in a manner accessible to persons with disabilities.” Test equity, including accessible assessment and fairness in the use of resultant scores, is a critical issue in the field.  The purpose of this course series is to provide professionals with essential information to improve test equity for deaf individuals. 

Course 1 (1.0 RID CEUs, PS)
This first course provides an overview of key issues including test fairness, test bias, construct validity, and how accommodations improve test equity for deaf students.

In this course, participants will...

  • Develop a solid understanding of testing and accommodation terminology
  • Identify key issues to consider when thinking about test equity for deaf individuals
  • Identify accommodations to consider when administering tests to deaf individuals
  • Course 2 (1.0 RID CEUs, PS)
    The second course draws from research to offer best practices for test developers and deliverers to improve test equity for deaf students.

    In this course, participants will...

  • 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
  • The National Deaf Center is an approved sponsor for RID's Certification Maintenance Program and offers RID CEUs for the completion of qualifying courses. CEUs are submitted to RID on a monthly basis for qualified participants. Participants will also be able to generate a certificate of completion for their own records.