Beyond the IEP: Leveraging the AccessForAll Standard to Provide Accommodations in Online Testing

In the past, students had Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or similar conventions that described a particular diagnosis, which permitted certain accommodations for assessments. Even if the IEP listed specific learning and testing environment accommodations, they may have only been “human readable” instructions.  For online assessment this can be problematic, as the delivery system can’t understand […]

Partnership Spotlight: Texthelp


As the leading open-source platform provider for K12, Higher Education and Professional development, Open Assessment Technologies (OAT) is committed to providing tools that make assessment accessible to all learners, regardless of their stage or ability level. Since 2015, TAO has partnered with Texthelp to support students with reading support needs, such as text to speech […]

Removing Barriers in Digital Assessment for Test Takers

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Assessment is a technology. We have a long history of asking a sample of questions within a subject which allow us to draw inferences about the test taker. Over time, test makers have learned that there are some things that we need to be concerned about, including biases, reliability, validity, and accessibility. Only by addressing […]

How to Reduce Cheating Risks in Online Testing

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Digital education continues to gain momentum in modern schools. As more aspects of learning shift online, one thing remains the same: the need for fair, closed-book assessments. However, unable to stroll around the classroom to monitor exams, instructors are concerned about the risks involved in digital assessments, particularly when it comes to cheating. Fairness and security […]

3 Features of a Modern Remote Online Proctoring Platform

Remote online proctoring allows students to partake in various forms of assessments in a remote location. Typically, as the student takes the test, he or she is monitored by tech tools or a human proctor to maintain the integrity of the exam, verifying student identity, protecting assessment content and preventing plagiarism. Remote proctoring services, such […]

Building an Accreditation System with Trackable Testing Results

The digital age presents invaluable tools for professionals. With many professional accreditation programs largely taking place online, the modern workforce is taking advantage of accessible growth opportunities. Upon completion of such an online course or certification, digital credentials serve as presentable, verifiable achievements that can easily transfer over various platforms and technologies. With advancements in analytics […]

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