Providing accommodations for students with special needs is top of mind at Formative. Teachers on the Partner plan can provide accommodations to students at the global level, setting up the accommodation once and have it applied for every formative.

Once set up, the Text to Speech accommodation will go into effect whenever a formative is assigned to the student with the accommodation. The student with the accommodation will have access to the Text to Speech play icon on all items* that support the feature, when opening the formative.

*Text to Speech Compatible Items:

  1. Question prompts in all question types, with the exception of:
    * Drag and Drop
    * Fill In the Blank
    * Inline Choice

  2. Answer choices for the following question types only:
    * Multiple Choice
    * Multiple Selection
    * True/False

Text to Speech can pick up and read aloud the following elements:

  1. Text input

  2. Math input (typed in or entered using the in-app math keyboard)

  3. Hyperlink Text

  4. LaTex

  5. Subscripts and Superscripts

Note: Files such as PDF or Image, Video, Emoji, or embedded content are incompatible with Text to Speech.

When creating a formative, teachers will be able to see which items are compatible with Text to Speech in their Preview mode.

What happens if my formative has items that are incompatible with Text to Speech?

Items that are incompatible with Text to Speech will not have the play icon next to them. These items will require a different method to read aloud such as the teacher recording themselves reading, or an aid reading to the student in real-time.

When assigning a formative to a class that has students with a Text to Speech accommodation, a message will pop-up prompting you to re-check the formative for compatibility with the Text to Speech feature.

To set a global accommodation for Text to Speech:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab

  2. Expand the view for the class the student is a member of

  3. Click the "eye" icon

  4. Next to the student's name click "Add accommodations"

  5. If the student already has a different accommodation in place, click the pencil icon next to their accommodation

  6. Toggle the Text to Speech button on

  7. Click "Update" to save

Once a Text to Speech accommodation has been set for a student, the status under "Accommodations" will change the accommodation in place.

To remove an accommodation:

  1. Go to your "Classes" tab

  2. Expand the view for the class the student is a member of

  3. Click the "eye" icon

  4. Click the pencil icon next to the existing accommodation

  5. Un-toggle the Test to Speech button

  6. Click "Update" to save

NOTE: Accommodations are set globally on the student level. This means that once accommodations have been set for a student, they will apply for that student across the board: on all formatives and in all classes!
If a teacher changes or removes an accommodation from the "classes" tab - it will effect the student's accommodations for all classes and other teachers as well.

The Student's View

When students with a Text to Speech accommodation in place open a formative, they will see the Play icon next to all Text to Speech compatible items. Pressing the Play icon will start the read aloud.

If the item is a Question Prompt, students will have the option to pause the read aloud or stop the read aloud at any given time.

If the item is an Answer Choice, the read aloud will continue without the option to pause or stop.

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