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Benchmark Testing and Text-to-Speech

posted Nov 12, 2012, 12:03 PM by Bryan Tayman
Study Island is well aware that we dislike the fact that student difficulty can not be adjusted for one subject area without impacting another. The next time that I speak to them I will be sure to reinforce it again. Maybe they'll get tired of me complaining, but I do agree that it shouldn't be all or none.
As far as completing benchmarks with text-to-speech turned on, this is the directive: The PSSA is never given with text-to-speech capability and we need to model that same process as closely as possible. The only exception to the normal online delivery would be students that have an IEP requiring paper/pencil. When we start deviating from the norm, then the data is not valid. So, I know that Study Island makes it available (I"m not sure why?) but we do not want students using that feature when completing the benchmark.
Exception: Math PSSA can be read since we are not testing reading skills, but math skills. That said, it is my understanding that we still want to avoid text-to-speech unless the IEP clearly indicates it for math.
If further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.