March 27-29 in Orlando, FL
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Friday, March 29 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
ISMART! Learn About UDL Applied in Assessments

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Are you interested in UDL and assessment? Come learn about how UDL is being used to create
innovative assessments to improve both assessment and instruction. What is ISMART other
than a clever name? ISMART is a project based on Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) which is an
alternate assessment in use in 19 states for students with the most significant cognitive
disabilities. DLM is a unique assessment based an extensive learning map that includes
multiple pathways of skills required for success in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics,
and science in grades 3 through high school. ISMART extends DLM by: (1) developing and
prototyping innovative items and testlets that measure students’ knowledge and skills in science
using Evidence Center Design (ECD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and (2)
developing an innovative digital teacher dashboard that provides feedback on individual student
performance on the testlets, including recommendations for instruction and just-in- time
assessment literacy supports to facilitate appropriate interpretations and uses of results.

In this session, you will see our approach to using UDL generally, as well as introducing student
choice. You will have an opportunity see the items and consider how to apply them in your own
context. In addition, we will present the teacher dashboard, built using UDL principles to help
teachers see student progress and mastery and to support instructional decisions. You will
contribute to next iterations of ISMART as well as new applications for the approach. You will
learn that assessment can be fun!!!

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Jose Blackorby

Director of Research and Development, CAST
Jose Blackorby is the Director of Research and Development at CAST and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities for more than 20 years. He has led large-scale national studies, designed... Read More →

Russell Swinburne Romine

Associate Director, University of Kansas
Russell Swinburne Romine is the Associate Director of ATLAS (Accessible Teaching, Learning,and Assessment Systems) at the University of Kansas. He leads teams that develop research-based learning map models and map-based assessments, including the Dynamic LearningMaps Alternate Assessment... Read More →

Meagan Karvonen

Director of ATLAS, University of Kansas
Meagan Karvonen is the Director of ATLAS (Accessible Teaching, Learning, and AssessmentSystems), a center at the University of Kansas that incorporates universal design for learning inresearch, development, and operational projects ranging from large-scale alternateassessments for... Read More →

Bob Dolan

Senior Innovation Scientist, CAST
Bob Dolan, Senior Innovation Scientist at CAST, applies his expertise in neuroscience, learningscience, assessment, instructional design, UX design, and programming to the challenge ofproviding students with flexible and effective learning opportunities and teachers with theresources... Read More →

Cara Wojcik

User Experience / Instructional Designer
Cara Wojcik is a User Experience / Instructional Designer creating intuitive experiences foreducators and students interfacing with technology. A former middle school art teacher, shecentered her curricular development on the belief that, when students are given the opportunityto... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Gold Coast III-IV