The following was included in TCTA's 2017-18 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2017 but is subject to change.

STAAR Alternate

This test is designed to assess students in grades 3-8 and high school receiving special education services who have significant cognitive disabilities. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act puts a 1 percent cap at the state level on the number of students who can be assessed in this manner.

STAAR Accommodated

This test is offered to special education students who don’t qualify for STAAR Alternate but need help in accessing the content being assessed. STAAR A is an online assessment in the same grades and subjects as STAAR. The passing standards for STAAR A are the same as any STAAR test. STAAR A provides embedded supports, such as visual aids, graphic organizers, clarifications of construct-irrelevant terms and text-to-speech functionality.

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Special Education