Archive for the ‘Accommodations’ Category

STAAR Alternate 2 Update

Good news! Based on the September 23rd STAAR Alternate 2 TETN on September 23, 2016 , there are only minimal changes to STAAR Alternate 2 for the April 2017 test administration.     Key dates for the 2017 administration are: March 17, 2017 – last day for Test Administrator Training March 20-31, 2017 – Preview […]

Are you writing effective IEPs?

IEP Best Practices: FIE to IEP combines the details of a full individual evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.  On both days, special education assessment personnel AND instructional personnel will work together to strengthen their skills. You will leave this two-day […]


If you’re an educator trying to decipher all of your students’ accommodations and wondering what specifically they mean and if they’re really even effective, then you’ll really appreciate this new website designed with your needs in mind.  Welcome to Accommodation Central….. Accommodation Central ( is your ONE online stop for current information on supports for […]

TEA News: Significant Changes to June STAAR Testing for Grades 5 and 8, Student Success Initiative (SSI) Requirements and Confidential Student Reporting Timelines

On June 10, 2016 Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, released a statement canceling the June STAAR Testing for Grades 5 and 8. To read the statement in full and more information about SSI and CSR please click here.  


Inclusion Institute 2016 The Road to Inclusion: Strategies for Your Journey  June 8, 2016 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM This one-day institute provides practical solutions to day-to-day inclusive challenges, focusing on effective collaboration and instructional practices to better support students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Join us to hear the inspirational stories of Dr. […]

TexasSUCCESS Training

Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. […]

STAAR A Practice Sets are Posted for March Testing

Email from TEA’s Justin Porter regarding STAAR A Online Practice Tests. Colleagues, Over the last two weeks we have posted practice tests to the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP) as they have become available. As of late last night, all practice tests associated with the March test administrations have been posted as well as a […]

Wondering How to Use Algebra Tiles?

Looking for a way to help your students understand abstract algebra problems using visual modeling? Region 13 has created a series of FREE videos to help Algebra 1 teachers understand how to utilize Algebra Tiles in instruction. Visit Region 13’s Math webpage at; scroll to the middle of the page for the introduction video “Using Algebra […]

STAAR A Tutorials are now posted

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) online tutorials are now available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform. The STAAR practice tests will be released in the next few weeks as they become available. The tutorials and practice tests are designed to provide opportunities for students and staff to familiarize themselves with the […]

Are you wondering how to effectively choose and use accommodations for students with disabilities?

Then come to Accommodations Central workshop on December 1, 2015! In this workshop you will acquire tools to implement a five step accommodation process that includes selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations in the classroom. You will also learn how to link appropriate classroom accommodations to appropriate testing accommodations. Region 13 Specialists will provide updated information […]