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Supplemental Aids: Grammar and Mechanics Rules

Offering paper-based products to assist with grammar and rules recall for students struggling with memory, focus, or organization.

 

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:

  • Simple editing checklists that reflect grammar and mechanics rules appropriate to a particular grade level. These resources can assist the student in becoming an independent editor.

  • STAAR Stuff!

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

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How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Create a personalized grammar and mechanics guide based on concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering.

    Create a personalized grammar and mechanics guide based on concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering.

  • 2.

    Introduce the student to the grammar and mechanics rules guide and set clear expectations for the use of the support.

    Introduce the student to the grammar and mechanics rules guide and set clear expectations for the use of the support.

  • 3.

    Model using grammar and mechanics rules by thinking aloud with the student.

    Model using grammar and mechanics rules by thinking aloud with the student.

  • 4.

    Lead guided practice with grammar and mechanics rules, providing immediate reinforcement or corrective feedback.

    Lead guided practice with grammar and mechanics rules, providing immediate reinforcement or corrective feedback.

  • 5.

    Assign independent student work using the grammar and mechanics rules.

    Assign independent student work using the grammar and mechanics rules.

  • 6.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and effectiveness with the grammar and mechanics rules.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and effectiveness with the grammar and mechanics rules.

  • 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:  Written Composition - grades 4 and 7, English I, English II, and English III

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