Creating Questions for Accessibility (Text-to-Speech)


There are a number of options available to you when creating text-to-speech accessible questions to account for specific syntax and pronunciation. 

Note: This article is specific to the question setup within Managed Assessments (AMP) and Course Assessments. For more information about Text-To-Speech capability within Schoology, see: Text to Speech and Line Reader (AMP only).

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Customize Pronunciation 

Note: This option is only available when using Schoology's built-in text-to-speech function. For information regarding the text-to-speech vendor used at your district, contact your System Admin. 

Customize the pronunciation of your question by editing the Source code. Click into the Rich Text Editor (RTE) within the Question Setup of any question to access its Source


Click Source to prompt an editable pop-up of the source code. 

Note: Within Shared Passages, the source code will be available via the Switch to HTML tool rather than Source.


In this example, the text-to-speech reader could pronounce "aunt" with a hard as in ant. To avoid confusion, you may opt to customize the Source such that "aunt" would be pronounced ahnt or ont. 

To customize pronunciation of characters, words, or phrases, wrap the text with the following code: 

<span pron=”phonetic pronunciation”>word(s)</span> 

For example: 

<span pron="ont">aunt</span>


You can also edit the Source to expand acronyms. For example: 

<span pron="New York City">NYC</span>


Use this method as many times as needed within a question and click OK to save. 

Tip: Keep a Preview of the assessment open in another tab or window to test for your desired pronunciation while you adjust the Source

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Customize Math Equation Syntax

To add an equation to your question, use the Add Math (LaTeX/MathML) function within the Rich Text Editor (RTE). 


This will prompt an Edit Math pop-up.


The ARIA Label will auto-populate as you create your equation. This label will be interpreted by your text-to-speech reader. 


Customize this label by editing it directly. For example, you may want the equation to read as "9 point 4 times 10 to the power of negative 2": 


Tip: Test your ARIA label by previewing the assessment before administration. 

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