Unless there is a specific reason for using audio books at school, it is not recommended that students use them for their independent reading at school. For those students who are struggling with reading, audio books can be a great resource. Unfortunately there are those students who use the audio book as an excuse to use their electronic devices for other purposes other than just reading. Since students are provided independent reading in all their classrooms, teachers would prefer all students to have hard copy books with them during designated independent reading time. It is imperative that students learn to improve their reading skills including the use of a hard book. Students may certainly use audio books for independent reading outside of school. FYI - During testing, students are not permitted to use any electronic devices which prevents the use of audio books.