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. The Texas Education Agency will establish student participation requirements for the STAAR A assessments, which may available in fall 2014. 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. More information from TEA is expected in fall 2014.
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.
The Texas Education Agency has established student participation requirements for the STAAR Alternate assessments, which are available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/partreqs/. 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. However, STAAR Alternate will incorporate a vertical alignment in the program’s assessment tasks, and the high school assessments will move from grade-level assessments to course-based assessments. The STAAR Alternate assessments will reflect the same rigor and focus of the other STAAR assessments.