PARA Accessible Reading Assessment Reports: Examination of a Reading Pen as a Partial Auditory Accommodation for Reading Assessment

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A report evaluating the effectiveness of a reading pen as a Partial Auditory Accommodation for large scale reading assessments when the pen is used only to pronounce words on demand. Four research questions were addressed:

  1. To what extent does use of the reading pen on a standardized test of reading affect scores?
  2. To what extent is there a different effect for students with disabilities and students without disabilities?
  3. Regardless of disability status, to what extent does use of the reading pen affect the scores of students with adequate fluency?
  4. What are students' perceptions of the helpfulness of the reading pen?


February 2010 
Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA)
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)


  • Specific life stage
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accessibility & Accommodations
    • Students with Disabilities