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STAAR for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners

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STAARSTAAR 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 will take STAAR with or without allowable accommodations.
  • STAAR Spanish is available for students receiving instruction in Spanish in grades 3-5.

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.

  • Students will take STAAR with or without allowable accommodations.
  • Review the participation requirements for STAAR Alternate 2 for students with significant cognitive disabilities who access the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum through prerequisite skills.

2017 Accessibility

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.

  1. Accessibility Features: These are procedures and materials that are allowed for any student who needs them.
  2. Designated Supports: These are locally-approved supports for students who meet eligibility criteria.
  3. Designated Supports Requiring TEA Approval: These supports require the submission and approval of a TEA Accommodation Request Form.

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. 

More Information

  • Information for Parents:

              http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/parents/

  • Information for Teachers:

              http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/