Some parents of students with disabilities are raising concerns about testing accommodations as the state rolls out its new standardized exam. The old test, ISTEP, included text-to-speech technology to read directions and some questions aloud to students with disabilities who have that type of accommodation laid out in their individualized education plan (IEP). But the new test, ILEARN, doesn’t do either for reading comprehension questions.
Senator Erin Houchin (R-Salem) has a son with dyslexia, and the lawmaker has become a champion for advocacy groups like Decoding Dyslexia, which aim to raise awareness about reading disabilities.
Houchin says “It’s concerning that students with reading or sight disabilities can’t have more accommodations on reading questions, but it’s even more worrisome that the new test doesn’t include the same accommodations as its predecessor.”