Students Served Through Special Education Programs

As under the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee will decide which State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) assessment a student served through special education programs should take based on his/her abilities and eligibility requirements. Individual ARD committees will continue to consider the needs of each student and select approved accommodations that are necessary to support the student’s success during assessment.

All students served through special education programs must have access to grade-level curriculum. Students targeted for a modified exam will either receive instruction within the general education classroom with modified expectations or be provided instruction in a special education setting. These options are decided by the ARD committee.  More information about the STAAR modified assessments can be found below.

STAAR™ Alternate

The STAAR Alternate assessments will be very similar in design to the TAKS-Alt assessments and continue to reflect an online portfolio created by the special education teacher, which will be submitted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Students  in grades 3-11 will be assessed with STAAR ALT and will continue to perform standardized assessment tasks linked to the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that measure student progress on skills aligned with the academic grade-level content standards. However, STAAR Alternate will incorporate a vertical alignment in the program’s assessment tasks, and the high school assessments will move from grade-level assessments to course-based assessments.

The new STAAR Alternate assessments will reflect the same increased rigor and focus of the general and modified assessments. Alternate end-of-course (EOC) exams are not being developed for Algebra II, Chemistry or Physics. High school students who take the STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessments will graduate under the Minimum graduation plan and will not meet acceptance requirements for a four-year state college/university. However, students will be able to participate in other post secondary opportunities that will either lead them toward meeting the requirements for participating in a four-year university program or prepare them for a career/job that does not require a university level degree.