Testing Students with Visual Impairment Overview

This portion of the guide provides information about supported hardware, software, and version requirements and how to configure JAWS. General information about administering a test to a student with a braille accommodation and printing test material is also included.

Braille assessments administered in the test delivery system require the use of multiple assistive technology devices and applications, including the RBDs and screen readers used by students to read and navigate test content, along with the embossers used by TAs and TEs to print test content.

RBDs are used to read text-only content on Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics assessments, the CSA, and the ELPAC. Braille embossers are needed to read any content with images in ELA, CSA, and the ELPAC, as well as advanced content in mathematics and science. RBDs must be properly set up before they can be used by students. For information about installing and setting up RBDs, refer to the product’s provided instructions and manuals.

The test delivery system includes several embedded resources that facilitate braille testing, such as braille presentation settings, various print resources for embossing content, and streamlined mode, which arranges test content vertically.

The following bulleted list contains brief descriptions of each section in this portion of the guide.

  • Technology Requirements outlines the supported operating systems and hardware and software requirements for students and TAs or TEs, including test settings in the Test Operations Management System for consideration.
  • Overview of Testing Students Requiring Braille provides an introduction to testing with braille, including a screenshot of the sample interface that students will use and how TAs or TEs configure embossing software, and details about BRF and PRN file types and how to configure them. Information on how to delete temporary downloaded files is also provided.
  • Configuring and Administrating JAWS includes a table of configurable student test settings in TOMS that may be relevant to students with visual impairment and instructions for configuring JAWS to work with the secure browser.
  • Running NVDA Screen Reader with the Microsoft Take a Test Application for Windows provides configuration considerations for using the NVDA Screen Reader with the Microsoft Take a Test Application on a device using Windows 10 variants.