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Content and Language Supports

This support allows for various types of assistance (e.g., scaffolded directions, assistance with tracking, graphic organizers, simplified language, graphic representations of vocabulary and concepts) to support a student’s understanding of selections, test questions, and answer choices.

 

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.

Examples Include:

  • Content Support: Isolate specific text or information in a selection, in a question, and in a graphic or list that is referenced in the question or answer choices. 

    Example from STAAR Online

  • Content Support: Define literary terms.

  • Content Support: Apply an allowable supplemental aid (e.g., graphic organizer, place value chart, t-chart, graphic of scientific concept, timeline, map) to specific questions or answer choices.  

  • Content Support: Direct student attention to parts of the grade-specific Reference Materials. 

  • Content Support: Include the formula from the grade-specific Reference Materials when the questions specifies the measure or conversion to be performed.  

    Example from STAAR Online

  • Content Support: Provide clarifying information for a graphic organizer, political cartoon, or map.  

    Example from STAAR Online

  • Content Support: Offer supplementary materials.

    • Blank Punnett squares 
    • Writing checklist

  • Content Support: Bullet or separate steps in a process (e.g. multi-step problem, sequence of events).  

  • Language Support: Define or clarify construct-irrelevant words, phrases, and sentences using plain language, synonyms, definitions, examples, and consistent language. 

    Example from STAAR Online

  • Language Support: Offer text prior to the reading selection.

    Example from STAAR Online

  • Language Support: Reword complex questions or answer choices to condense text. 

  • Language Support: Reorganize and simplify historical excerpts, respecting the TEKS based academic vocabulary. 

  • Content & Language Support: Provide a visual representation in the selection, question, answer choices, or in the writing prompt by adding graphics, photographs, or animations. 

    Example from STAAR Online

How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Identify the appropriate level of support according to the student’s need and the instructional task to be completed. 

    Identify the appropriate level of support according to the student’s need and the instructional task to be completed. 

  • 2.

    Develop resources for the student's use such as clarifying vocabulary words, rewording complex questions, paraphrasing excerpts, and providing definitions, visual representations (i.e. pictures, photographs

    Develop resources for the student's use such as clarifying vocabulary words, rewording complex questions, paraphrasing excerpts, and providing definitions, visual representations (i.e. pictures, photographs, animations), or pre-reading text prior to a selection.

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    Collaborate with assistive technology staff for websites, apps, and other tech tools that can replicate the functionality of the online features available on the state assessment. 

    Collaborate with assistive technology staff for websites, apps, and other tech tools that can replicate the functionality of the online features available on the state assessment. 

  • 4.

    Teach the student how to use the supports through modeling and think alouds. Use clear expectations so the student understands how to use it appropriately

    Teach the student how to use the supports through modeling and think alouds. Use clear expectations so the student understands how to use it appropriately in a variety of situations and environments. 

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    Lead guided practice and provide authentic opportunities for independent practice. 

    Lead guided practice and provide authentic opportunities for independent practice. 

  • 6.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the supports.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the supports.

  • 7.

    Provide feedback to the student. Feedback should be specific and include positive praise for correct use and corrective feedback for inappropriate use. 

    Provide feedback to the student. Feedback should be specific and include positive praise for correct use and corrective feedback for inappropriate use. 

  • 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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The term “Content and Language Supports” refers to a cluster of accommodations provided only in the online version of STAAR as pop-ups, rollovers, prereading text, and supplementary materials.

Review the TEA policy document for details about allowable use of content and language supports during test administration.

Review the TEA Content and Language Supports Guidelines for more information.

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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Type: Designated Support 

Assessments:  All subjects (except for Algebra II or English III), all grades

Student Eligibility Criteria:

  • Instructional and assessment decisions are made by an LPAC, Section 504 committee, or ARD committee, and 
  • Student routinely, independently, and effectively uses this accommodation during classroom instruction and classroom testing