The UDL AA-AAS Evaluation Tool is organized by a hierarchy of The UDL Principles, Guidelines, and Checkpoints . Once users have signed in to the tool and created their evaluation project, they may begin a step by step evaluation of their AA-AAS.

The goal of the tool is to guide the user throughout the Principles, Guidelines and Checkpoints of Universal Design for Learning as you review and consider components of your state alternate assessment.

Each UDL checkpoint associated with the principles and guidelines of UDL has a corresponding screen and working area. Navigation to specific principles, guidelines and checkpoints is through the colored and labeled tabbed structure a the top of the page.

At each checkpoint level, users are guided as to how to review the assessment and record using the keyboard (audio recording option will be added to this tool), information about the assessment. Click on the yellow icon image of a keyboard and a textbox with options for format and font will appear.

Specific Tools and Strategies for each guideline are available on the right hand side of each screen. Videos and images are available for many checkpoints to help the user get a specific illustrations about the checkpoint information.

A model or sample for what may constitute a response is also available, simply click on the "Model Response" bar to reveal this example. To close the sample click the bar again.

A Multimedia Glossary of terms specific to the language of the AA-AAS Evaluation Tool is built into the tool. You will note that explanations and text about UDL, the tool, examples, tools and strategies there are words with a underlined with a dotted line.

  • When the user clicks on a word, a short definition of the word will appear in-line with the text in which it is located highlighted in yellow.
  • To obtain a more complete definition of the word, the user may click the word "more" and a popup with contextual use and the source of the term will appear.
  • Additionally, some definitions are accompanied with video or images to help illustrate the term.

TheTextHelp Toolbar above the Tools and Strategies area makes several access devices available to users.

  • Read Aloud: Users may highlight any word or words in text (in the tool or written by users). Click on the arrow and the TextHelp Toolbar will read the text aloud. Users may select the speed of the reader using the drop down menu. It is also possible to pause and stop the text-to-speech. As words are read aloud they are highlighted. Please note: Words that are in the glossary (indicated by a dotted underline) will be read as well as their definition even though the user has not opened the link. Clicking on the underlined word will allow you to see a brief definition of the word.
  • Translation: The toolbar also contains a link to translations. Highlight the word then click on the two speech bubble icon in the toolbar and a translation of the word will appear in a pop up window. The user may click on the speaker icon to hear the word said aloud in either language.
  • Dictionary: Another feature in the toolbar is a dictionary symbolized by the book icon. To use the dictionary, highlight the word to define and click on the Dictionary Icon. The word with definition will appear in a popup window.
  • Link to the Web: The final icon in this toolbar is a search engine link on the web. Users highlight the word or phrase of interest, click the icon of the world and a popup window will display the search results for the requested information.