The Principles of Universal Design for Learning and Accessible Learning

The mandate to make curricula accessible to all learners has been embedded into recent educational legislation that defines and endorses the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the 2016 National Education Technology Plan build on the work of The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). UDL was first defined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) as follows:

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How Can the Use of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Help Your Students Learn? How Can You Learn More About EBP?

As educators maintain focus on quality instruction of curriculum that is aligned with the content and cognitive level specified in state standards, the likelihood of student learning and proficiency on state assessments increases. Proficiency on state assessments results from students showing their mastery of the aligned curriculum. Quality instruction that matches what students need to learn by leveraging their prior knowledge and learning preferences holds the most promise for meeting the challenges of a high-accountability educational system.

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