The December 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to reflect on their current systems of education, and to identify what is working well, and what improvements need to be made to develop, refine and implement coherent education systems that continuously improve so that every child is ready for college, career and life success. To facilitate these outcomes, states are elevating equity in both opportunity and achievement in the development of their accountability and support systems. Students with disabilities (SWD) have key provisions and implications outlined in ESSA. Key provisions are listed below:

  • Challenging State Academic Standards and devising Alternative Achievement Standards;
  • Annual Assessments;
  • Universal Design of Learning (UDL);
  • Accessibility Requirements;
  • Alternative Assessments (AA-AAS);
  • Computer Adaptive Assessments;
  • Goals & Measures of Interim Progress;
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement;
  • Improving conditions for teaching and learning. 

President Obama explains why he signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015

Accessibility Requirements for state adoption

Electronic Instructional Materials

Publishers that offer electronic instructional materials (e.g., CD-ROMs, DVDs, or web-based instructional materials) for adoption are required to offer these materials in an accessible format in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA, or with technical standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508.

Printed Instructional Materials

Every publisher of print materials adopted by the state must provide electronic files of its adopted programs in the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) format to facilitate the production of materials in specialized formats (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, §612(a)(23)(A) and §674(e)(4)).

Publishers must mark up print instructional materials eligible for NIMAS submission that contain mathematical and scientific instructional content by using the latest applicable version of the MathML 3.

Digital Media Initiatives is in full readiness to assist you

Digital Media Initiatives has trusted workflow for automated production of NIMAS format, which is an essential component of UDL and spans across the entire sphere of ESSA for SWD. We have worked closely with many academic publishers for NIMAS production and submissions for NIMAC certification and State adoptions.

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