Why is text-to-speech listed twice in the accommodations assignment window?

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When assigning the text-to-speech accommodation to a student in a MAP Growth test session, the text-to-speech options show up twice: once under Embedded Designated Features, and once under Embedded Accommodations. Why is that, and which should I choose?

Text-to-speech may be considered a designated feature, an accommodation, or both, depending on the student's needs and whether the student has an IEP or 504 accommodation plan. Therefore, we include the text-to-speech options under both sections when you assign this feature to a student's test. For more information on the difference between designated features and accommodations, see our Accessibility and Accommodations FAQ.

What is the difference between selecting under Embedded Designated Features vs Embedded Accommodations?

In the test, there is no difference in text-to-speech functionality. The student experience does not change.

In reports, the Comprehensive Data File will show whether the proctor selected text-to-speech as a designated feature or an accommodation. Selected accommodations and features do not appear in any other reports.

Should I use Embedded Designated Features or Embedded Accommodations when selecting text-to-speech?

For the most accurate guidance, we recommend contacting the MAP District Assessment Coordinator at your district. You can also refer to the Accessibility and Accommodations FAQ for details on the difference between designated features and accommodations. In general, if text-to-speech is required by a student's IEP or 504 plan, choose the options under Embedded Accommodations. However, you should always follow your state, district, or school's accommodations policies if they differ from NWEA's guidelines.

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