How Access to Complex Text Improved Elementary Reading Scores

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Presented By: Carl R. Bencal, Principal / Linda Bastiani Wilson

We’ve long known that the most important factor in student learning is excellent instruction, but this goal is made more complex by the varying needs of students. The principles of Universal Design for Learning have pushed us to see accommodations such as text-to-speech (TTS), as useful for a broader range of students with reading challenges. In this session, we’ll share how we screened kids for reading accommodations, how we gave students access to complex text, and more. We also share data showing gains in students’ unaided reading scores after only one semester.

About the Presenter

Carl R. Bencal, Principal

has been an educator for more than two decades serving in classrooms, as an instructional specialist, and as an administrator.

Linda Bastiani Wilson

is an Assistive Technology Specialist with over 25 years of experience. She is the team leader of the High Incidence Accessible Technology Team (HIAT) in Montgomery County Public Schools, and co-author of the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR).

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