Accommodations and Accessibility

This topic describes how to provide testing accommodations for students who need accessibility features, such as screen readers. For overall accommodation guidelines, see:

Also consider your state and district policies so that accommodations are as consistent as possible between the classroom and assessments.

Tracking Accommodations Used in Testing

To keep a record of what assistance each student received, under the Manage Test Sessions page, use Assign Accommodations (adjacent to Assign Test). You can assign accommodations before the student begins a test. However, after the student starts a test, you can no longer assign an accommodation.

The record of each accommodation is available through the Data Export Scheduler (requires the Assessment Coordinator role). For more information, see How to Export Data.

Support for Assistive Technology Software

Although other programs may be compatible, the following assistive technology tools and browser combinations have been successfully evaluated for use with MAP Growth testing.

Additional Hardware for Students Using Screen Readers

Some questions on the Math 2-5 and 6+ tests will offer students an on-screen calculator. This on-screen calculator is not accessible for students using screen readers. You will need to provide students with an alternative accessible calculator to use for those questions. Students will hear an announcement when a calculator is available and a calculator icon will display in the toolbar.

If multiple students are testing in the same room, students using screen readers should use headphones to minimize distractions.

Students may use a refreshable braille display that is compatible with JAWS. However, support for braille is still in development. If students use a refreshable braille display, please note that there may be some inconsistencies, particularly in the areas of math and science.

Tests for Students Using Screen Readers

If your students use a screen reader, assign them one of the tests labeled "Accessible." These tests work like other MAP Growth assessments, but they ensure all questions have alternative text descriptions for pictures.

Note: There is not currently an accessible test for early learners (grades K-2).

Special Instructions for Students Using Screen Readers

In general, students should be able to use the standard key commands for their assistive technology tools. For example, down arrow in JAWS will read the next line of text on the page. For the log-in pages, students should use Tab to navigate the different edit fields. You may use this alternative script to read to students using screen readers. It contains navigation instructions as well general instructions for taking MAP.

Download the proctor script now (Word format).

Tools for Students

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

  • Highlighter and eraser tools allow students to highlight portions of text.
  • Keyboard navigation allows students to take tests by using a computer keyboard.

    Note: The Highlighter and eraser tool currently cannot be used by keyboard navigation alone, although they can be toggled on and off by keyboard shortcuts.


In addition, MAP Growth supports the magnification and contrast aids ZoomText, Windows Magnifier, and Mac OS X Zoom. Some third-party accommodation tools may not be compatible with the lockdown browser. You may choose to test without using the lockdown browser in order to support the tool most appropriate for the student needs.

Shortcut Keys for Test Tools

To print these shortcuts: Test Navigation Keyboard Shortcuts


Tool   Keystroke Result


Alt (or Option on Macs)


Opens the calculator (if available for that question) or navigates back to the calculator if it is already open
Highlighter H Toggles the highlighter on or off
Eraser E Toggles the highlighter eraser on or off
Toolbar T Brings keyboard focus to the Toolbar area
Reset Z Selects the Reset button
Close tools L Close all tools that are open

Keyboard Navigation

All tests can be navigated by using a computer keyboard. The orange dotted line will show you which question, tool, or section is in focus. Students who are using screen readers like JAWS may not see the orange focus indicator. That is because JAWS using audio navigation instead of visual navigation.

For most questions:

  1. Use the Tab key to navigate between areas.
  2. Shift+Tab to navigate backwards.
  3. Use the space bar to select an answer.
    1. You can also use the A,B,C,D,E or 1,2,3,4,5 keys to select a multiple choice answer without having to navigate to it.
  4. Use Enter (Return on Macs) to submit and go to the next question.

For drag-and-drop items:

  1. Use the Tab key to navigate to your selection.
  2. Pick up your selection with the space bar.
  3. Tab to navigate to the correct position.
  4. Use the space bar to release the item.
  5. Pres Enter (Return on Macs) to submit and go to the next question.

For the Calculator tool:

  • If the calculator is available for a question, use Alt + C (or Option +C on Macs) to launch the calculator tool.
  • Use arrow keys to navigate between buttons.
  • Use the space bar to press the selected button. Or use the number and operator buttons.
  • Use = to calculate an answer.
  • Escape clears the calculator.
  • To move back to the question: Tab
  • To close the Calculator: AltL

Keystroke Summary


Key In a Question:  In a Toolbar: In the Calculator:
Tab Key Navigates to all parts of screen (everything which is in the Tab order). Shift+Tab moves in reverse order.   Moves out of the calculator. Use the arrow keys or number keys to actually enter items.
Arrow Keys   Use the arrows to navigate between tools. Arrows move to all calculator buttons and within number display.
Space Bar Selects currently focused answer option. For drag and drop question, drops the answer. Selects tool in focus. Presses the button in focus. The orange outline indicates focus.




Submits response and moves to next question. Use this in place of the Next button.   Can be used in place of the “=” sign in the calculator. However, using Enter/Return may cause you to accidentally submit an answer.
Escape     Clears the display.

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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