Special Population Testing

Assessments for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The STAAR program includes assessments for students receiving special education services. STAAR A (accommodated) and STAAR Alternate 2 online assessments are available. STAAR Alternate 2 is the only alternate assessment offered for students with significant cognitive disabilities. STAAR Alternate 2 incorporates a vertical alignment in the program's assessment tasks, and the high school assessment moved from grade-level assessments to course-based assessments.  STAAR A covers all grades 3-8 and EOC. The new STAAR A assessments reflect the same increased rigor and focus of the general assessments and include more rigorous item types.  

For more information, refer to the special education assessments webpage.

Assessments for English Language Learners

With the development of the new STAAR program, all aspects of linguistic accommodations are being reviewed, including student eligibility criteria, grades and subjects included in the linguistically accommodated version of STAAR, known as STAAR L, and the types of accommodations that will be provided. A computer-based linguistically accommodated version of STAAR for grades 3-8 and high school is in place for students who qualify for STAAR L.

Please note that there are no changes to the current TELPAS program and associated policies for this school year.

Dyslexia Accommodations

Students will be allowed to take the STAAR assessments with accommodations, such as the oral reading of item stems/answer options and extended time.  The STAAR program includes an assessment for students receiving dyslexia services named STAAR A (accommodated).  The 504 committee will determine what test and what accommodations are appropriate for each individual student.