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Mathematics Scribe

Recording scratch work and computations for a student whose disability precludes them from completing these tasks independently.

 

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

Examples Include:

  • Writing a student’s dictated math scratch work and computations on scratch paper, a chalkboard, white board, or in the student’s test booklet.

  • When a student uses a calculation aid as an allowable designated support or a required part of the test administration procedures, the test administrator may record intermediate steps.

How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Refer to the student’s IEP to help determine when the student will receive math-scribing assistance on assignments and tests.

    Refer to the student’s IEP to help determine when the student will receive math-scribing assistance on assignments and tests.

  • 2.

    Ensure the student can give proper description regarding the materials to be scribed.

    Ensure the student can give proper description regarding the materials to be scribed.

  • 3.

    Educate the student on proper protocol, provide practice time before using for a test or assignment, and discuss implementation with the student.

    Educate the student on proper protocol, provide practice time before using for a test or assignment, and discuss implementation with the student.

  • 4.

    Model using the process with a think-aloud strategy.

    Model using the process with a think-aloud strategy.

  • 5.

    Lead guided practice using the process, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

    Lead guided practice using the process, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

  • 6.

    Assign and monitor independent student work that includes solving problems with a scribe.

    Assign and monitor independent student work that includes solving problems with a scribe.

  • 7.

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

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

  • 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 TEA policy document for allowable use of a mathematics scribe 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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Type: Designated Support Requiring TEA Approval 

Assessments: 

  • STAAR grades 3–8 mathematics, Algebra I, and Algebra II
  • STAAR grades 5 and 8 science and Biology
  • STAAR Spanish grades 3–5 mathematics
  • STAAR Spanish grade 5 science

Student Eligibility Criteria:

Submit an Accommodation Request Form to TEA if the student:

❏ routinely and effectively uses this designated support during classroom instruction and classroom testing, 

❏ is unable to effectively use any accessibility features (e.g., various sizes or types of scratch paper/another workspace) or locally approved designated supports (e.g., calculation aid) to address this need, and 

❏ meets at least one of the following.

  • The student has an 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.
  • The student has a physically disabling condition (e.g., muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, arthritis) that prevents him or her from independently and effectively recording scratch work and computations.

same as STAAR

Type: Designated Support Requiring TEA Approval

Assessments: 

  • STAAR Spanish grades 3–5 mathematics
  • STAAR Spanish grade 5 science

Student Eligibility Criteriasame as STAAR


Type: Designated Support Requiring TEA Approval

Assessments: 

  • STAAR Spanish grades 3–5 mathematics
  • STAAR Spanish grade 5 science

Student Eligibility Criteriasame as STAAR