TEA has shared updated information on 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies.
- A sticky notes tool was added to the online system.
- The use of amplification and projection devices was changed from designated supports to accessibility features.
- Content and language supports were combined into one embedded support.
- A spell check feature was added as an online embedded support for eligible students.
- Photocopy is no longer an individual support, but has been included within the Large Print and Other policy documents.
- Authority for decision for math manipulatives and supplemental aids has been expanded to include additional campus level teams (e.g., RTI team, student assistance team).
- Dictionaries for reading and writing in grades 3-5 are no longer a designated support. They are now part of the STAAR Dictionary Policy.
- The STAAR Calculator Policy now includes the use of calculators for grade 8 science.
- For students who take the braille test and require an extra day, refer to the “General Instructions for Administering Braille State Assessments.” TEA approval is not required.
- For grades 2–12 TELPAS writing, an Accommodation Request Form does not need to be submitted for a student that meets the eligibility criteria for Complex Transcribing.
- The “GA” accommodation bubble on answer documents was changed to “DS.”
- The STAAR practice now includes 2017 released tests.
- The STAAR Accessibility Team at TEA’s Student Assessment Division has a new email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information:
Visit the TEA Accommodation Resources webpage for updated policy documents and training materials.