Assessment Technology For Students with Disabilities

Assessments such as Smarter Balanced and PARCC are commonly used to gauge a student’s academic progress and determine next steps in their academic career. For students with disabilities, accessing a computer-based assessment with standard computer input devices can prove challenging and lead to poor assessment results. It is important that the appropriate computer access accommodations are provided to the student during the assessment to ensure the successful completion of the assessment. If a student is already using an alternative method of computer access, or they are prescribed an alternative method of computer access, it is recommended that they use this same equipment during their assessment.

Here are several popular methods of alternative computer access that may be used by your students during their assessment.

Pointing Devices
BIGtrack Switch Adapted Trackball
BIGtrack Switch Adapted Trackball computer mouse provides a 3-in/7.62-cm high-visibility trackball that is easier to use than a traditional mouse for students lacking fine motor movements. The wide and sturdy base allows a student to focus on aligning the mouse cursor first, and then moving their hand to activate a mouse click. In addition, an external switch can be attached for an alternative method of activating a mouse click. Connection via USB.
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BIGtrack Switch Adapted Trackball
ChesterMouse
ChesterMouse is a single button computer mouse that removes any confusion of whether to use the left or right mouse click. The one button emulates a left mouse click. In addition, the large single button provides a larger target area for clicking, or for holding and dragging objects on the screen. Connects via USB and has an optical sensor.
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TinyMouse
TinyMouse is about half the size of a standard computer mouse and better fits the hands of students with smaller hands. TinyMouse is a full feature mouse that includes left click, right click, a scroll wheel, optical sensor, and connects via USB.
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TinyMouse
TrackerPro
TrackerPro provides hands-free mouse access. Attach one or two external switches for left and right mouse clicks, or use a mouse clicking software like Dwell Clicker 2. Connects via USB.
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TrackerPro
Rock Adapted Joystick
Rock Adapted Joystick is designed for students who lack fine motor movements and cannot use a standard mouse. The large sturdy base allows a student the opportunity to position the mouse cursor first, and left click, right click, or double click second. Comes with three interchangeable joystick handles to accommodate a variety of student needs – straight stem, t-bar, and large soft ball. Connects via USB.
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Rock
Keyboards
Keys-U-See
Keys-U-See are fully functioning standard size keyboards with highly visible keys for students with visual impairments. Available in yellow keys with black letters, white keys with black letters, or black keys with white letters and a USB connection. Yellow keys with black letters also available with a wireless dongle connection.
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Keys-U-See
BigKeys LX (QWERTY or ABC)
BigKeys LX keyboards feature large 1-in/2.54-cm keys that are highly visible for students with visual impairments and are easier to activate for students lacking fine motor movements. BigKeys LX keyboards can be configured in a standard QWERTY or ABC layout and come with a durable metal housing. Available in yellow keys with black letters, white keys with black letters, black keys with white letters, or multi-colored keys with black letters and a USB connection.
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BigKeys LX
VisonBoard
VisionBoard keyboards provide large 1-in/2.54-cm keys that are highly visible for students with visual impairments and are easier to activate for students lacking fine motor movements. VisionBoard Black comes in black keys with white print and does not have F-keys. VisionBoard2 comes in yellow keys with black letters, or white keys with black letters, and has F-keys. All three models connect via USB.
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VisionBoards
MyBoard UC & LC
MyBoard keyboards provide large 1-in/2.54-cm keys that are highly visible for students with visual impairments and are easier to activate for students lacking fine motor movements. Keys are color coded for vowels, consonants, and numbers. Available with keys in uppercase or lowercase letters and connects via USB.
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MyBoard
KinderBoard
KinderBoard keyboard provides large 1-in/2.54-cm keys that are highly visible for students with visual impairments and are easier to activate for students lacking fine motor movements. Keys are color coded for vowels, consonants, numbers, and F-keys. Connects via USB.
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KinderBoard
LearningBoard
LearningBoard keyboard provides standard size keys that are highly visible for students with visual impairments. Keys are color coded for vowels, consonants, numbers, and F-keys. Connects via USB.
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LearningBoard
Headphones
For some students, text-to-speech may be required or an assessment may have sections requiring audio playback. The Chester Creek USB headphones provide simple plug-and-play access for sound output.
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Headphones