Special Population Testing

Assessments for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The STAAR program includes assessments for students receiving special education services. STAAR Modified (similar to TAKS–M) and STAAR Alternate (similar to TAKS–Alt) assessments are available, just as they were with the TAKS program. STAAR Alternate is the the only alternate assessment offered for students with significant cognitive disabilities. STAAR Alternate 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 Modified covers all grades 3-8 and EOC. The new STAAR  Modified assessments reflect the same increased rigor and focus of the general assessments and include more rigorous item types. The U.S. Department of Education has informed states that assessments based on modified standards cannot be used for accountability purposes after the 2013-2014 school year.  As a result of that federal directive, all STAAR Modified assessments will be administered for the final time during the 2013-2014 assessment cycle. Further information regarding plans for the inclusion of this population of students in the general assessment programs beginning the 2014-2015 school year will be forthcoming from TEA. 

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

TEA is expanding testing policies to include high school students with dyslexia and other similar reading disabilities. Students will be allowed to take the STAAR English I and II assessments as well as the grades 3-8 reading assessments with accommodations, such as the oral reading of item stems/answer options and extended time. These accommodations represent two of the three accommodations in the  dyslexia bundle that was offered under TAKS testing. The only accommodation that will no longer be provided is the proper-nouns lists.