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A UDL Perspective on Assessment

Project Name
UDL Assessment Video Modules

Project Description

Assessments are an integral part of instruction. They help educators answer questions and gather information so they can design lessons that are engaging and relevant and meet the variety of needs of the learners in their classrooms. As educators think about returning to the classroom they will need answers to tough questions like:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted what students know?
  • Where are gaps in students' understanding of important topics?
  • Are we teaching in engaging and relevant ways that help address these gaps?
  • Are students actually learning what we are trying to teach?

This CAST video series is designed to help educators as they design lessons and instruction to answer these complex questions — not only today — but in all learning contexts and environments moving forward.

This 5-part video series focuses on assessment using UDL’s inclusive principles and Guidelines, an approach which will ultimately improve instruction for learners. Whereas traditional tests and diagnostics tend to have a one-size-fits-all approach to measuring knowledge and skills, universally designed assessments identify and eliminate unintended and/or irrelevant barriers in the measurement itself. By designing flexible means of assessment, educators can get a more accurate read of what individual learners know and can do.

Learn More About Assessments

The video series debuted on September 1 and is available on YouTube. In addition to an introductory video, the series includes four videos customized to student age groups; K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and High School. The videos can be used by teachers individually or in group/PLC settings.

For more information about the Playbook mentioned in the videos, contact us at

Watch the UDL Assessment Video Modules


July 2020 – September 2020


New Hampshire Department of Education


Jim Galdos, Filmmaker

Project Leadership

Amanda Bastoni, Project Director


For more information about this project, please contact Amanda Bastoni.

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