Accommodations for students with disabilities provide
students with effective and equitable access to grade-level or course
curriculum and assessments. For the purposes of the statewide
assessments, students needing accommodations due to a disability
- Students with an identified disability who receive special education services and meet established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations
- Students with an identified disability who receive Section 504 services and meet established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations
- Students with a disabling condition who do not receive special education or Section 504 services but meet established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations
For students who receive special education or Section 504 services, the decision for a student to use accommodations during the statewide assessments is made by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee or Section 504 placement committee. In those rare instances where a student does not receive services but meets the eligibility criteria because of a disabling condition, the decision about using accommodations on the statewide assessments is made by the appropriate team of people at the campus level, such as the Response to Intervention (RTI) team or student assistance team.
Accommodation Policies and Procedures for the 2016 Calendar
The Critical Information about Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (PDF)
document describes the purpose and appropriate use of testing accommodations
for students with disabilities who take STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A. Educators must read and understand this information before making
The Accommodation Triangle
This triangle organizes accommodations for students with disabilities by type, depending on the decision-making authority. Accommodation decisions made by the appropriate team of people at the campus level are Type 1 accommodations. TEA approval of Accommodation Request Forms are Type 2 accommodations. PDF links to specific information about each accommodation are provided in the triangle below. Note that not all accommodations are applicable to all assessments.
For accommodations listed in the
Accommodations Triangle under Type 2, the appropriate team of people at the
campus level determines whether the student meets all of the specific
eligibility criteria and, if so, submits an Accommodation Request Form to TEA.
Educators must read and understand the information in the links below prior to
submitting an Accommodation Request Form to TEA.
The Accommodation Request Process for Type 2 Accommodations (PDF) guides district and campus personnel in the process for
requesting Type 2 accommodations.
The Training Document (external link PDF) outlines the steps to take when
completing an Accommodation Request Form in the online system. It is recommended
that all educators completing the online Accommodation Request Form review this
document prior to submitting the form to TEA.
Accommodation Request Form (external
link) leads to the online request form that educators must fill out to request
a Type 2 accommodation.
The 2016 Online Accommodation Request Submission Deadlines (PDF) document lists the deadlines for
submitting online accommodation requests for each test administration through
Training and Presentations
Find presentations about accommodations for students with disabilities taking STAAR posted below as they become available.