2016 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Taking State Assessments
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 include:
- 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 Year
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 accommodation decisions.
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.
Accommodation Request Process
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.
The Online 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 December 2016.
Training and Presentations
Find presentations about accommodations for students with disabilities taking STAAR posted below as they become available.
- Oral/Signed Administration Guidelines (PDF posted 02/23/16)
- Student Assessment TETN Schedule
- 2015-2016 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (PDF posted 09/21/15)
- 2015-2016 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (PPT posted 09/21/15)
- Supplemental Aids for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A: What's Allowed and What's Not? (PDF posted 10/07/15)
- Supplemental Aids for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A: What's Allowed and What's Not? (PPT posted 10/07/15)
- Accommodations in Unexpected or Emergency Situations (PDF)
- 2016 Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs Participating in the STAAR Program (PDF)
- General Instructions for Administering Large-Print State Assessments (PDF)
- General Instructions for Administering State Assessments to Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (PDF)
- General Instructions for Administering Braille State Assessments (PDF)
- Font and Point Sizes Matrices for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAAR A, TELPAS, and TAKS (PDF)
- Allowable Test Administration Procedures and Materials for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAAR A, and TELPAS (PDF)
- Transcribing Griddable Questions Training Document and Student Documents (PDF)