Special Services Update

1/16/15

Text to Speech and Human Reader Accommodation for PARCC

As I have been training special educators on the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations, many people have had questions about the text to speech and human reader accommodation for the ELA portion of the test, so I dug into the PARCC Accommodations manual to find some more guidance to share with you all.


First, in order to qualify for any accommodation under PARCC the student must have an IEP, 504, or be an English Language learner. For the text to speech or human reader accommodation students must fall into one of the following three categories:


1. the student has a visual impairment and is unable to use braille


2. the student has a hearing impairment and is severely limited or prevented from decoding text due to a documented history of early and prolonged language deprivation


3. the student has a disability that severely limits or prevents him/her from accessing.printed text, even after varied and repeated attempts to teach the student to do so, Essentially, the student is unable to decode printed text. The manual cautions that this accommodation is not intended for a student reading moderately below grade level.


When considering this accommodation, IEP and 504 teams should have evidence in the student file that indicates the student's ability to decode printed text is severely limited. Additionally, teams should "consider" whether or not the student has a read aloud accommodation during daily instruction, and whether or not the student is receiving ongoing reading instruction to remediate the student's reading ability.


Hope this helps- as always don't hesitate to ask me if you need more guidance in this area!