Learning enabled with WCAG

For the 7.3 million students with a disability or developmental delay, digital learning can be tough. Learn how WCAG compliance makes learning easier, clearer and more accessible for all.

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What is WCAG and what does it mean for your students?

If students with disabilities can’t access the materials used in class, they’re missing out on a significant portion of their instruction. Here’s what to look out for to ensure all students can access your materials.

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Perceivable

Students can access information with alternative text added to every image and updated colors to meet color contrast standards.

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Operable

Digital tools are operable from a keyboard, ensuring every student can navigate the information on the site.


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Understandable

Students can understand the information on the site with consistent elements and simple language.

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Robust

Students are able to use assistive technology to access content with screen reader-friendly labels.

Laws require WCAG compliance

Any program or agency that receives funds from U.S. DOE must provide accessible digital resources. Some states have specific laws requiring WCAG compliance in schools.

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New Jersey A4856

Any Internet website or web service of a school district, charter school, renaissance school, or the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf shall comply with WCAG 2.1 Level AA.

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Illinois HB0026

Ensures that content available on a website or web service of a school district is readily accessible to persons with disabilities & complies with Level AA of the WCAG 2.1 Level AA.

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Maryland SB0617

Requires school systems to provide equivalent access to digital tools for students with disabilities and establish a process to evaluate a digital tool prior to purchase.

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Your guide to creating more accessible classrooms

Read our guides for district leaders and teachers on how to make sure your digital learning tools are accessible for all students. 

A school district leader’s guide to creating accessible classrooms

Learn how your district can become more accessible for all.
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Making your classroom WCAG compliant

Learn how your classroom can be more accessible for all.
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Ensuring equity and accessibility for all students with WCAG-compliant Newsela

What does WCAG mean for students and how can Newsela help?
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Start your journey to WCAG 2.1 compliance

Take action to ensure you provide instructional materials that can be accessed by all of your learners

  1. Foster an organizational culture that embraces accessibility.

  2. Ask vendors the right questions to confirm they meet your accessibility goals and compliance needs.

  3. Evaluate your instructional materials using the POUR principles.


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Resources

From Dan Cogan-Drew

Newsela’s Chief Academic Officer shares his thoughts on the future of accessibility in his article, “As Tech in Schools Becomes the Norm, a Holistic Approach to Accessibility Is Critical.”

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Raise the bar for access and equity

Newsela is proud to deliver instructional materials that seek to benefit every student, specifically those with disabilities. Our conformance to WCAG 2.1 AA standards reflects our efforts to provide content that is accessible to all learners.