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Attach Textured Materials to Images/Text

Attach materials to images or text that students can access by touch, smell, taste, or hearing.

 

Allowable on at least one state assessment Allowable on state assessment: This accommodation is allowable on at least one state assessment. See which tests allow this accommodation

Assistive Technology Assistive Technology (AT): This accommodation includes AT. Be sure AT needs are included as accommodations on the IEP and that the PEIMS code reflects this.

Example:

  • Piece of fake fur attached to the word “soft."

How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Decide which images or which parts of text may be best represented with sensory materials.

    Decide which images or which parts of text may be best represented with sensory materials.

  • 2.

    Review your selections with the teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), if appropriate.

    Review your selections with the teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), if appropriate.

  • 3.

    Prepare the sensory materials and attach them to or include them with the visual content.

    Prepare the sensory materials and attach them to or include them with the visual content.

  • 4.

    Plan how you will communicate to the student that it is time to engage with the extra materials and respond.

    Plan how you will communicate to the student that it is time to engage with the extra materials and respond.

  • 5.

    Present the original text and/or images with attached extra sensory materials to the student at the planned time and prompt the student to access

    Present the original text and/or images with attached extra sensory materials to the student at the planned time and prompt the student to access the sensory materials.

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  • 6.

    Wait at least five seconds for the student to respond.

    Wait at least five seconds for the student to respond.

  • 7.

    Monitor the accuracy of student responses and engagement to judge instructional effectiveness.

    Monitor the accuracy of student responses and engagement to judge instructional effectiveness.

  • 8.

    Share progress and effectiveness with the student, the educational team, and the family.

    Share progress and effectiveness with the student, the educational team, and the family.

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Note: Review the STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manual for presentation instructions during test administration.

State Assessment
Allowability

Some accommodations appropriate for instructional use may not be allowable on a statewide assessment. Select the state assessment to view the implementation policies.

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May be used if the accommodation is documented in the student's IEP and follows these guidelines:

  • maintain the integrity of the assessment,

  • avoid leading to or providing the student a direct answer,

  • be used routinely in instruction,

  • reflect the student’s learning styles, and

  • allow a student to respond using a mode that is appropriate for the student.