Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)Publisher
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)
The purpose of the quality indicators and critical components is to assist state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) with planning, implementing, and evaluating dynamic, coordinated systems for the timely provision of AIM. Given the variability of policies and practices across SEAs and LEAs, the Quality Indicators and critical elements are designed to provide states with consistent goals and to promote in-state discussion around multiple state- focused and locally-focused ways to achieve those goals.
When reviewing or using the information in this document, one must be aware of some basic assumptions that pertain to all AIM services. First, all services developed and delivered by SEAs or LEAs must meet all current federal and state laws and be aligned with state and district policies. Second, AIM efforts, at all stages, require the ongoing collaboration of educators at state, local, and school levels; families and caregivers; other service agencies; and individuals.
Third, the seven Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM and their accompanying components are interdependent and no quality indicator is intended to stand on its own without the others.
Thoughtfully implementing and sustaining a coordinated system of AIM-related services aligned to the Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM requires time and effort. The result, however, is expected to provide a high return on investment in terms of increased independence, participation, and achievement for students with disabilities that prevent the effective use of print instructional materials.
For more information, see the Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of AIM page.
Local Education Agency (LEA)
Agency legally authorized to provide administrative control or direction of publically funded schools.View in glossary
State Education Agency (SEA)
Agency responsible for supervision of a state’s or territory’s public elementary and secondary schools.View in glossary
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
Print-based educational materials converted into specialized formats, related to the requirements of the IDEA statute.View in glossary
Infinite range of combinations that make up learners including information representation, engagement, and way people show what they know.View in glossary
Any identifiable object within a document.View in glossary
Print Instructional Materials
Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.View in glossary
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (2012). Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM). (Links updated 2015). Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. Retrieved [insert date] from http://aem.cast.org/about/publications/2012/critical-components-quality-indicators-accessible-materials.html