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Kansas Assessments. Use of a Scribe Read Aloud. Use of a Scribe and/or Read Aloud. Students with an individualized education program (IEP) may have this accommodation specified within the plan.

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Kansas Assessments

Use of a Scribe

Read Aloud


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Use of a Scribe and/or Read Aloud

  • Students with an individualized education program (IEP) may have this accommodation specified within the plan.

  • For use both on the Kansas State Assessments and for classroom instruction, assignments and tests.


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Use of a Scribe

  • Use this accommodation in a quiet room apart from other students to avoid interfering with other students’ performance and to avoid being interrupted while completing assignments or tests.

  • Remember that extra time may be needed to complete the process


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Use of a Scribe for Writing Assessment

  • The scribe must write exactly what the student dictates.

  • Scribes should act like a secretary taking dictation.

  • Scribes must be impartial and not give hints of any type.


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Use of a Scribe for Writing Assessment

The scribe should not:

  • alert the student to mistakes during the test or during development of the writing composition,

  • prompt the students in any way that would result in a better response, or

  • influence the student’s response in any way.


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Use of a Scribe for Writing Assessment

  • Student dictates (orally or by signing) his or her composition to the scribe, who then writes the student’s response using proper grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Once the student has dictated his or her response, the scribe shows the student the draft composition. The student may then instruct the scribe to make any desired changes.

    After the student has finished dictating his or her draft composition, the scribe must ask the student to do the following:

  • review the draft composition and

  • make any necessary edits, including editing of word choice, organization, etc.


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Use of a Scribe for Writing Assessment

After the student has finished dictating his or her draft composition, the scribe must ask the student to do the following:

  • review the draft composition and

  • make any necessary edits, including editing of word choice, organization, etc.


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Use of a Scribe for Writing Assessment

  • Other than making the changes requested by the student, it is important that the scribe not assist the student during the editing process.

  • After the student reviews the composition and makes any desired changes, the scribe copies the final draft, including the student’s edits, into the student’s Final Copy Booklet. Or, if using a word processing program, the scribe makes the changes indicated by the student prior to printing the final copy.


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Use of Scribe Other Than Writing Assessment

  • When using this accommodation, the student should give the answer choice they select either orally or by signing to the scribe.

  • The scribe then enters the student’s selection by marking the bubble sheet for the paper and pencil tests or by selecting that answer choice on the KCA.


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Use of Scribe other than Writing Assessment

  • When working as a scribe with students, it is important to follow all the directions included in the Test Administration manual. It is especially important to carefully follow the following guidelines.


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Using Printed Screenshots of the KAMM

Transferring answers to KCA for students who use printed screenshots of the KAMM is not considered to be a scribing accommodation. Instead the following guidelines should be followed

  • Students should mark their answers in the test booklet.

  • After the student has finished the entire assessment, the answers may be transferred to KCA.

  • Two people should be used to transfer the answers to KCA.


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Qualifications for Scribes

  • Scribes may be school personnel who are appropriately trained and qualified.

  • Whenever possible, students should have the same scribe for the state assessment as they have had for classroom tests or classroom instruction


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Read-aloud Accommodation forKansas State Assessments

  • A student who needs a read-aloud accommodation is one whose ability to convey knowledge of the subject/content area is severely limited by his/her inability to read the assessment materials.


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Read-aloud Accommodation forKansas State Assessments

  • A student’s need for the read-aloud accommodation must be documented on an IEP


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Read-aloud Accommodation forAn Individual Student

  • The read-aloud accommodation is for a student who needs the entire assessment (except the reading passage) read to him.

  • The read-aloud accommodation does not refer to an adult reading a single word, a single distracter, a single stem, or a single question to the student.


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Read-aloud Accommodation for Groups of Students

  • It is possible to provide the read aloud accommodation to small groups of two or three students.

  • A group is defined as two or three students who receive exactly the same read-aloud accommodation at the same time. The students will all have the same form, and the reading will be directed to all of these students at the same time and in the same place using KSDE prepared scripts.


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The Reading Assessment

  • Absolutely nothing from a reading passage may be read or pronounced, including single words.

  • If reading passages to a student on the state reading assessment is allowed on the student’s plan, the student will then be counted as not participating.


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Allowable Practices

Practices such as pronouncing a single word, a single distracter, a single stem, or a single question should be considered acceptable assessment practice, requiring no special documentation and no special coding of the answer sheet.

The teacher should use professional discretion regarding the number of times a student may request assistance.


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Read-Aloud Accommodation / KCA Audio Voice

  • Follow the Reading Examiners Manual for General and KAMM assessments, Section 3 Accommodations, for additional direction, options available.


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