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Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems (ATLAS)

Improving the learning landscape for all students.


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ATLAS promotes learning and improved outcomes for all students.

We create technology-based learning and assessment systems that are accessible and academically rigorous. Our center serves all students, including students with disabilities and struggling learners, as well as their educators.


ATLAS Research Associate Lindsay Ruhter illustrates how general and special education teachers can use the 5E Model to plan science lessons and teach next-generation science in an inclusive setting, using UDL principles to remove barriers to learning.

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Meagan Karvonen, ATLAS Director

Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems (ATLAS) and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) have partnered to learn more about students who are deafblind with significant cognitive disabilities. 

In August 2017, ATLAS became an @AAI_at_KU center with about 50 staff members. The new center took the lead on the Dynamic Learning Maps® alternate assessment and led partnership with CAST on the four-year, $3.8 million grant, I-SMART, awarded in 2016.

Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems (ATLAS) launched in August 2017 with one operational assessment, one grant project, and about 50 staff members. Five years later, ATLAS comprises seven active programs and projects, one completed project, numerous research publications and presentations, and 150-plus staff members.