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Supplemental Aids: Mnemonic Devices

Written phrases or acronyms to supports students that struggle 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

Example:

  • Acronyms or phrases built from acronyms that represent the first letter of each item in a list of information.  

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 mnemonic containing the appropriate information.

    Create a personalized mnemonic containing the appropriate information.

  • 3.

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

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

  • 4.

    Set clear expectations for when the student can use the support.

    Set clear expectations for when the student can use the support.

  • 5.

    Demonstrate using the mnemonic device by thinking aloud with the student.

    Demonstrate using the mnemonic device by thinking aloud with the student.

  • 6.

    Lead guided practice with the mnemonic device, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

    Lead guided practice with the mnemonic device, providing immediate supportive and corrective feedback.

  • 7.

    Assign and monitor independent student work using the mnemonic device.

    Assign and monitor independent student work using the mnemonic device.

  • 8.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the mnemonic device.

    Monitor and record the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the mnemonic device.

  • 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 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: All subjects, all grades

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