Data Informed Accessibility - Making Optimal Needs-based Decisions (DIAMOND)
The DIAMOND project aims to improve the validity of assessment results and interpretations for students with documented needs by developing guidelines for making informed decisions about accessibility features and accommodations.
To better understand how teachers select accessibility features and accommodations for their students, DIAMOND project staff are conducting interviews with teachers and students, hosting online focus groups for educators, and analyzing state data.
The DIAMOND project is a collaboration of nine state departments of education and the National Center on Educational Outcomes. Staff members include education leaders and top researchers from around the country.
The reports written by DIAMOND staff provide insight into the challenges that educators and students face when using and selecting accessibility features and accommodations, as well as the successful strategies they employ.
The Making Accessibility Decisions for Everyone Training Modules give educators the knowledge and tools they need to make sound decisions about accessibility features for their students.