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Supplemental Aids: Science Graphics

Offering graphic representations of scientific concepts to facilitate learning especially for students with memory retrieval, focus or organizational challenges.

 

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:

  • Charts or graphics representing the animal kingdom

  • A diagram of a cell

  • A diagram of body systems

  • Formula triangles that illustrate proportional relationships in science formulas

  • STAAR Stuff!

    Check out this helpful video about four supplemental aids allowed for use on the science STAAR tests. 

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How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Identify the concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering, and create a personalized graphic containing this information.

    Identify the concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering, and create a personalized graphic containing this information.

  • 2.

     Determine and communicate how the student will use this tool.

     Determine and communicate how the student will use this tool.

  • 3.

    Introduce the student to the tool, modeling appropriate use of the graphic by thinking aloud with the student and allowing time for exploration and

    Introduce the student to the tool, modeling appropriate use of the graphic by thinking aloud with the student and allowing time for exploration and play.

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    Lead guided practice by answering questions while using the graphic, giving immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

    Lead guided practice by answering questions while using the graphic, giving immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

  • 5.

    Assign and monitor independent practice with the graphic.

    Assign and monitor independent practice with the graphic.

  • 6.

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

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

  • 7.

    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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Downloadable Resources

Examples of Teach and Test versions, including information about how to scaffold the use of these supplemental aids in the classroom.

Review the TEA policy document for details about allowable use of supplemental aids during test administration. 

Review the TEA training pdf on supplemental aids to see examples and non-examples.

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 (formerly Type 1)

Assessments: Grade 5, 8, and Biology

Student Eligibility Criteria:

  • he or she routinely, independently, and effectively uses this accommodation during classroom instruction and classroom testing.

same as STAAR

same as STAAR