The Maine DOE has served as a critical partner to the Maryland State Department of Education and Measured Progress Innovation lab for the Guidelines for Accessible Assessment Project (GAAP). This is a federally-funded project that involves developing research-based guidelines for representing assessment content in audio and sign forms.
In the coming months, the project will conduct two studies that focus specifically on different ways of providing read aloud and American Sign Language (ASL) support during mathematics assessments. Grade 3-12 students will be asked to take a grade level appropriate 19-item online math test with computer-delivered audio or sign support.
Participating educators will be provided a $50 Target gift card as a token of appreciation. Research results will inform the development of best practices for read aloud and ASL guidelines for assessment content and no identifiable student or school information will be made public.
Participation requests will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the project and participation information can be found here or by contacting Rachel Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.