Accommodations and Accessibility

For students who need it, there are several accessibility features available for MAP Growth testing.

Note: The names and organization of MAP accommodation settings changed in December 2017. Expand the following heading for details.

Assigning Accommodations

Whatever the accommodation, make assignments in the testing session settings. In addition to these instructions, also consider your state and district policies and the overall NWEA guidelines, here: NWEA Accessibility and Accommodations FAQ.

  1. Open Manage Test Sessions.
  2. Set up a testing session, choose a saved one, or click Test My Class.

    For detailed instructions, see A: Setup.

  3. From the list of students, select one or more students and click Assign Accommodations.

    Before a student starts testing, you can still assign accommodations, but once the student starts, you cannot. You may need to Terminate or Suspend testing in those situations (see Suspend Tests ).

  4. From the window that appears, select which accommodations or features apply.

    Note: Your selections remain for as long as you use this testing session. If you do not want these accommodations for other tests, then either assign those tests in a separate testing session, or modify the accommodations before the student takes another test.

  5. Continue with additional setup, as needed, in the following sections

Record of Accommodations—The record of the accommodation settings is available through the Data Export Scheduler (requires the Assessment Coordinator role). It appears in both the Comprehensive and Combined Data Files. For more information, see How to Export Data.

Text-to-Speech – Additional Setup

For sighted students who need questions read aloud, such as English language learners, you can enable Text-to-speech tools that appear within the test toolbar.

Enable the Text-to-speech option in the test session settings, using the steps above (it appears mid-way in the accommodation assignment window). In addition, ensure these steps are completed:

  1. White list for network firewall—Your network technician should allow traffic from the latest firewall settings. See Firewall and E-mail Configuration.
  2. Practice with tools—From the test warm-up, students can try the Text-to-speech tools in a sample question.
  3. Headphones

Limitations:

  • Spanish tests do not yet have audio support, and K‑2 tests already have embedded audio.
  • Reading tests do not stop you from assigning Text-to-speech, so be careful if your policies prohibit it.
  • If you are using a Windows or Mac desktop and require a lockdown browser, you must download the latest version, available January 2018, in order to access text-to-speech.

Screen Reader – Additional Setup

For students using JAWS or similar screen reader technology, see Screen Reader Guidelines.

Visual Aids – Additional Setup

You can implement the following visual aids. Other programs may be compatible, but these have been successfully evaluated for use with MAP Growth testing.

  • Windows:
    • Windows Magnifier and color contrast options
      • If using the NWEA lockdown browser, launch these features first (however, the lockdown browser prevents students from making adjustments to magnification or color contrast)
    • ZoomText Magnifier and Mag/Reader (separately purchased tool; speech feature not fully supported at this time)
  • Mac:
    • OS X Zoom and color contrast options
      • If using the NWEA lockdown browser, launch these features first (however, the lockdown browser prevents students from making adjustments to magnification or color contrast)

    • ZoomText Mac (separately purchased tool; speech feature not fully supported at this time; and not supported by the Mac lockdown browser)
  • Chromebook:
    • Magnifier and color contrast options
    • Recommended: Zoom out to full screen when answering for drag and drop questions
  • iPad:
    • Zoom and color contrast options
    • Recommended: Zoom in using a "pinch" gesture when answering drag and drop questions

Using Accommodation Tools

MAP Growth tests support the following universal accessibility features, which are available to all students:

Highlighter and eraser for marking parts of a question   Calculator for computing answers to applicable questions  

Keyboard Navigation for students unable to use a mouse; see Keyboard Navigation for Testing

   

 

Text-to-Speech Tools

If enabled in the testing session settings, students can use the Text-to-speech tools to hear the question read.

Students use either the first tool (ear) to begin at the top of the page, or the second tool (finger) to select the starting point. Pause and volume operate like most audio controls.

If there is no sound, try the following steps:
  • Check the volume controls.
  • Check the device. If you are using a Windows or Mac desktop and require a lockdown browser, you must download the latest version, made available January 2018.
  • Suspend the test, choose Select Action > Test Again, and open Assign Accommodations to ensure you selected the Text-to-speech setting. If yes, the student could sign on again. If no, consider if the student should start over (Terminate the test).
  • Consult your network technician to ensure the Text-to-speech firewall settings were completed on all network devices.

 

How to Handle Problematic Questions

If your student encounters a question that does not function properly or one that you feel is inaccessible, use the following instructions. If you have time, please follow the Option B steps to report the problem to NWEA.

 

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