The state of TN Department of Education put out last year an 8 page document about Understanding Dyslexia and I know they are working on even more documentation. One of the parts of this document talks about accommodations and one of them says:
Oral testing options or prompting upon request
This is read aloud. The state knows children with dyslexia need this accommodation to be successful so why are parents once again saying read aloud is being taken away?
Please do not misunderstand and think I am saying every student gets read aloud, this is not the case, but if a team decision was made during an IEP/504 meeting and read aloud was put into accommodations for testing then the student can have it for the state testing. This year this is being called human reader/human signer. For math and social studies, all students can have this. For ELA and Science this is limited to students with a vision, hearing or print disability.
One last thing that must be mentioned, as a parent you cannot have an IEP/504 meeting a couple months before state testing and then think you will get read aloud if your student has not been receiving that all year. That is one stipulation of the human reader/human signer accommodation, but to me that just makes sense. Why would you change something that your child is not used to?
Parents, you and your children have rights within IDEA, you must remember that but you must also remember that you have to be reasonable. The old saying goes, “you catch more flies with honey” and that is true. Know your rights but respect goes a long way.
Here is the TN DOE parent guide to TNReady supports. It lists all you need to know. http://tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/tnready_parent_guide_accommodations_supplement.pdf