Riverside County Assessment Network CCSS SBAC Update. State Board. Next Generation Science Standards Frameworks New Funding for Professional Development, Instructional Materials, and Technology SARC SBAC Pilot and Waiver Alternative Assessments ELPAC. SBAC Scoring Guides.
The concept of Universal Design focuses on “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” When applied to the development of assessment items and tasks, the concept of Universal Design aims to create items and tasks that accurately measure the targeted knowledge, skills, and abilities for all students. However, the concept of Universal Design recognizes that a single solution rarely, if ever, functions well for all users. For this reason, Universal Design also embraces the concept of allowing users to select from multiple alternatives. As Rose and Meyer emphasize, “Universal Design does not imply ‘one size fits all’ but rather acknowledges the need for alternatives to suit many different people’s needs…the essence of [Universal Design] is flexibility and the inclusion of alternatives to adapt to the myriad variations in learner needs, styles, and preferences.”