New for 2024: CBT Speech-to-Text Accommodation for ELA

For the Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) Computer-Based Tests (CBT), the

Speech-to-Text (STT) Tool is available for those students who have been identified as needing the Speech-to-Text accommodation. This accommodation is not available in the online Question Sampler but will be made available during the Statewide Simulation and during the 2024 Spring administration in the Secure Browser for ELA only. The Secure Browser practice test logins will be updated in the coming weeks to include this accommodation.


Speech-to-Text is an accommodation that must be set in the Nextera Administration system (Nextera Admin) prior to printing login tickets for students to test. Additional information on setting accommodations can be found in Appendix Y of the 2023-2024 edition of the School Administrator's Manual. This accommodation will be available on all ELA constructed-response items.


When Speech-to-Text (STT) is enabled the student has the ability to transcribe their spoken response to text with the use of a headset and microphone. Once transcribed to text, the student can further edit their extended text response as needed.


Required to use:


• Speech-to-Text requires a stable internet connection.

• The student’s device must be set to allow access to the microphone and the device should      be set to a suitable volume level.

• The student’s device time (clock) must be set to the correct time zone and accurate.


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