STAAR for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
The Texas Assessment Program is a statewide testing program that includes the STAAR, STAAR Spanish, and STAAR Alternate 2. STAAR L and STAAR A will be administered for the last time in December 2016; however, the embedded supports that were available on these assessments are now individual embedded online accommodations on STAAR for eligible students. Information about these embedded supports and other accommodations, or Designated Supports, can be found on the Accommodation Resources webpage.
Students not Receiving Services Under Section 504 or Special Education Services
Students not receiving services under section 504 or special education services are required by Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.025(c) to meet all curriculum requirements and assessment graduation requirements in order to receive a Texas high school diploma.
Students Receiving Services Under Section 504
Students receiving services under section 504 services are required by Texas Education Code (TEC) §28.025(c) to meet all curriculum requirements and assessment graduation requirements in order to receive a Texas high school diploma.
Students Receiving Special Education Services
The admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee makes educational decisions for a student with a disability, including decisions related to state assessments and decisions related to graduation requirements as described in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1070.
TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information.
English Language Learners
Students are required by TEC §28.025(c) to meet all curriculum requirements and assessment graduation requirements in order to receive a Texas high school diploma. For students receiving services under section 504 or special education services, the language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) is required to work in conjunction with the applicable committee above in making and documenting accommodation decisions. A Spanish version of STAAR is available for grades 3-5, for those students who meet eligibility qualifications for this exam.
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