This article examines topics found in reading standards for K-12 education and then examines the standards from a perspective of accessibility for students with a variety of sensory and learning disabilities. The article begins by first determining how broad or limiting states' reading standards are in coverage and whether focus on particular standards limits options for students to use multiple methods of interaction with print (e.g., accessing print through visual, audio, tactile, or multiple modalities). A review of standards found that state standards generally fall into the following categories: the acquisition of specific skills; the knowledge of the elements or conventions in language; literacy as an interactive, thinking activity; literacy as a problem-solving tool; and literacy as a catalyst for personal growth. With the exception of specific skill standards, all standards have the potential to be accessed through different modalities.
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