UDL and Assessment

Considerations for Assessing Student Learning

Types of Assessment

Teachers (and curriculum writers) should reflect on the purpose of assessment in the classroom. Assessments are designed to gather student data that will yield information about accountability, student progress, and instruction.

Accountability: Assessing student performance with respect to prerequisites or curricular program goals. Measurable outcomes from assessments should be comparable with or benchmarked against set course goals.

Summative Assessment: Assessing changes in student performance over time as a result of instruction (assessment of learning)

Formative Assessment: Assessing student responses throughout units of study to inform further instruction (assessment for learning)

Common Barriers to Assessment

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age - Chapter 7 - Using UDL to Accurately Assess Student Progress

UDL Assessments Remove Barriers for Students


Ask Yourself: Are your assessments UDL-friendly?

Learners deserve quality formative assessments, therefore they should meet all of your students' learning needs. UDL guides you toward equity in and out of the classroom. Your students should be able to:

  • Show responsibility for and engagement in their learning.
  • Accurately represent their understanding.
  • Develop better capacity for self- assessment and self-reflection.

Considerations for Assessments

Our Lesson Learned

As part of our learning group study, we made a school visit and completed a "group walk through" to find evidence of UDL-rich assessment. We used the school's UDL checklist to assist us, but we discovered that classroom environment and UDL-readiness of a school is a necessary first step before implementing UDL assessments.