In 2011, Texas began using the standardized test in grades 3 through 8 called STAAR, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, to establish a student’s achievements and knowledge gained in each level of public primary and secondary schools.
As with many other standardized tests, the goal was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum and how academically capable each student was in regard to the test itself and compare against other students in the same grade.
Depending on students’ needs, they may be eligible for accessibility and accommodations during the STAAR exam.
Accessibility provides the same opportunity to all students regardless of any disabilities. Therefore, schools should provide all students with the same educational experiences, information, and services.
The Texas STAAR is available with the following designated supports and accommodations:
While the above accommodations do not require TEA, or the Texas Education Agency, approval to implement, the below require approval.
Many accommodations do not require TEA approval, so it is up to the student, their teachers, and the administrators to provide accommodations that ensure accessibility and reasonable accommodation for all students.
Those requiring TEA approval must submit an official Accommodation Request Form to TEA and have the request reviewed and approved before the exam.
Educators should complete available online forms before the STAAR exam to ensure the TEA approves the accommodation before the test date.
Depending on the accommodation required and the student’s ability to take the exam in paper format, they may prefer one format over another.
Students do not need to submit an Accommodation Request Form to take an online exam instead of a paper one. Instead, one must submit a Request for a Special Administration of an Online Assessment.
As with numerous other accommodations, the request must be reviewed and approved before instructors can provide it to the student. Students, their guardians, teachers, and test administrators should be aware of this approval process and apply in advance to ensure ample time to receive approval and implement the accommodation.
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