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Supplemental Aids: Graphic Maps

Paper-based maps that provide a recall tool 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:

  • Blank physical or political maps can provide students with the topographical or governmental boundaries of an area

  • Unlabeled historic event maps can jog students’ memories by showing them where major events happened

  • STAAR Stuff!

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

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How to Implement:

  • 1.

    Identify the concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering.

    Identify the concepts or information the student has difficulty remembering.

  • 2.

    Create a personalized map containing this information.

    Create a personalized map containing this information.

  • 3.

    Introduce the student to the map, allowing time for exploration and play.

    Introduce the student to the map, allowing time for exploration and play.

  • 4.

    Set clear rules and expectations for when the student can use this map.

    Set clear rules and expectations for when the student can use this map.

  • 5.

    Demonstrate using the map by thinking aloud with the student.

    Demonstrate using the map by thinking aloud with the student.

  • 6.

    Lead guided practice answering questions with the map, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

    Lead guided practice answering questions with the map, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

  • 7.

    Assign and monitor independent student work using the map.

    Assign and monitor independent student work using the map.

  • 8.

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

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

  • 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.

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 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 

Assessments: Grade 8 Social Studies and U.S. History

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