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Testing Assessment Information - STAAR Alternate 2

As a result of House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, TEA has redesigned the STAAR
Alternate assessment to meet the diverse needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities
enrolled in grades 3 through 8 and EOC subjects. The legislation, as quoted below, indicates that
the assessment must not require teachers to prepare tasks or materials.

“TEA, in conjunction with appropriate interested persons, shall redevelop assessment instruments
adopted or developed under Subsection (b) for administration to significantly cognitively disabled
students in a manner consistent with federal law. An assessment instrument under this subsection
may not require a teacher to prepare tasks or materials for a student who will be administered such
an assessment instrument.”

To meet requirements of the legislation and maintain an appropriate assessment for students with
significant cognitive disabilities, a question-based approach to the assessment has been implemented
for the redesign of STAAR Alternate. The assessment will consist of 24 scripted questions. The test
materials will include a test administrator booklet with the scripted questions and guidelines for
how the test will be administered. A student booklet will be provided that contains stimulus images
and text needed for the student to select answers. This design allows for standardization of the
assessment and eliminates the need for teachers to prepare tasks or materials.

What you need to know about STAAR Alternate 2

Click here for more information on the STAAR Alternate 2 program.