All students served through special education programs must have access to enrolled grade-level curriculum.The Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee will decide which State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) assessment a student served through special education programs should take based on his/her instructional needs and eligibility requirements. Individual ARD committees will continue to consider the needs of each student and select additional accommodations and supplemental aids that are necessary to support the student’s success during assessment.
STAAR Accommodated, also known as STAAR A, will be an electronic test with embedded accommodations. A student must meet STAAR A Eligibility Requirements established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for each applicable subject-area assessment in order to take STAAR A. Eligibility criteria for STAAR A is available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/STAARA/.
The STAAR A assessments will cover the same content as the general STAAR assessments, but will provide accommodations in test design. For example, STAAR A may include vocabulary assistance, highlighting options, text-to-speech, and zoom-in features.
STAAR A assessments will be developed for all content areas for grades 3-8 that are part of the general STAAR program and for STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments. Since STAAR A requires the use of computers and headphones, students should participate in online tutorials to become familar with the tools and features of the assessment. Student tutorials will be available at http://texasassessment.com/administrations/STAAR-A/resources/.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services. TEA has established student participation requirements for the STAAR Alternate 2 assessments, which are available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/. Students will continue to perform standardized assessment tasks linked to the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that measure student progress on skills aligned with the academic grade-level content standards.