Better meet the needs of diverse learners

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Universal design for all learners

To realize the full potential of digital assessments, regardless of students’ learning needs, assessments must be universally designed and comply with international accessibility and interoperability standards.

Designing to industry standards ensures the consistency that’s necessary to meet the unique needs of diverse learners, including English language learners and students with special needs and learning disabilities.

Real-world application

Pearson is working on an equation editor that will be accessible to students with disabilities who have historically had no way to write and interact with math.

These students with severe dysgraphia, motor impairments, or visual impairments have faced barriers to STEM education — simply because there are no tools to help them show their work.

Until now, an accessible, student-facing digital math equation editor didn’t exist. Our equation editor will revolutionize STEM education for students with vision impairments.

Usability testing with diverse learners

Cognitive labs have been conducted to test the usability of the equation editor with students without disabilities, students with learning disabilities, students with low vision and students who use refreshable Braille devices and screen reading technologies.

Teachers of the visually impaired who specialize in Nemeth code and math instruction have also provided feedback.