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Complex Transcribing

The educator routinely records/writes the student’s dictated or signed responses to writing prompts when the student is unable to write independently due to a visual impairment or a physical disability.

 

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Assistive Technology

Example:

  • The test administrator may carry out Complex Transcribing only when the student dictates or signs his or her responses to the writing prompts for the test administrator to transcribe.

How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Refer to the student's IEP to determine the need and specifics for providing complex transcribing support on assignments and tests.

    Refer to the student's IEP to determine the need and specifics for providing complex transcribing support on assignments and tests.

  • 2.

    For pre-writing and writing assignments, provide frequent practice opportunities for the student to learn how to respond orally or through sign.  For transcription practices

    For pre-writing and writing assignments, provide frequent practice opportunities for the student to learn how to respond orally or through sign.  For transcription practices through dictation, explicitly teach: think it > say it > check it > correct it.

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  • 3.

    Coach and conference with the student for grade level appropriate editing by reading back to the student what was dictated, if reading support is

    Coach and conference with the student for grade level appropriate editing by reading back to the student what was dictated, if reading support is needed.

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  • 4.

    Remind the student about the length of the assignment and working towards compositions within this allowable space/length.

    Remind the student about the length of the assignment and working towards compositions within this allowable space/length.

  • 5.

    Wean student from writing conferences to assess the student’s editing skills; expect grade level appropriate spelling, mechanics and grammar.

    Wean student from writing conferences to assess the student’s editing skills; expect grade level appropriate spelling, mechanics and grammar.

  • 6.

    Establish a routine or procedure for transcribing student's work. A. Predetermine who will be the student's transcriber. B. Designate the location, materials and time

    Establish a routine or procedure for transcribing student's work.

    A. Predetermine who will be the student's transcriber.

    B. Designate the location, materials and time for dictation/sign to occur.

    C. Provide time for the student to review the transcription to make edits.

    D. Document who provided transcribing services for the assignment.

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  • 7.

    Set expectations with the student for moving toward tools that build independence. If it seems like the student will need transcribing for the long

    Set expectations with the student for moving toward tools that build independence. If it seems like the student will need transcribing for the long term, explore assistive technology options that may help the student gain more independence.

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  • 8.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and satisfaction with the accommodation.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and satisfaction with the accommodation.

  • 9.

    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.

Note: Review the TEA policy document for allowable use of complex transcribing during test administration.

The terms “Basic” and “Complex Transcribing” are distinctions used by TEA for STAAR purposes.  The term “Dictation/Scribe” is more commonly used by educators to describe the accommodation as it’s used during classroom instruction.

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 Requiring TEA  Approval 

Assessments:

  • STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing (writing composition only)
  • STAAR English I, English II, and English III (written composition only)

Student Eligibility Criteria (at least one of the following):

Submit an Accommodation Request Form to TEA if the student routinely and effectively uses this accommodation during classroom instruction and classroom testing, is unable to effectively use Basic Transcribing to address this need, and meets at least one of the following:

  •  impairment in vision (e.g., uncorrected vision, nystagmus, qualifies for special   education services with a Visual Impairment [VI]) that necessitates the use of braille or large-print test materials

  • physically disabling condition (e.g., muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, arthritis) that prevents him or her from independently and effectively recording responses on the lined pages of the answer document or in the space provided in the Texas Assessment Management System for online tests


Type: Designated Support Requiring TEA  Approval (formerly Type 2)

Assessments: 

  • STAAR Online grades 4 and 7 writing (written composition only)
  • STAAR Online English I, English II, and English III (written composition only) 

Student Eligibility Criteria: Same as STAAR

Type: Designated Support Requiring TEA  Approval (formerly Type 2)

Assessments: 

  • STAAR Spanish grade 4 writing (written composition only)

Student Eligibility Criteria: Same as STAAR