Assessments for Students with Disabilities

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.

Information about the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) or the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) appears on their websites.

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 will take STAAR with or without allowable accommodations. 

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.

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.

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