Assessments are used in educational settings to evaluate whether students have the knowledge and skills deemed important for them. Assessments may take many forms, from large-scale national, statewide, and district assessments, to classroom assessments.
Most students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities will participate in the same general assessments as their peers. Some students with disabilities may participate in alternate assessments. ELs, including those with disabilities, also participate in assessments of English language proficiency (either general ELP assessments or alternate ELP assessments).
It is important to develop these assessments with a universal design process and other accessibility considerations in mind. Doing so will ensure valid assessment results for all students, including students with disabilities, ELs, and ELs with disabilities.