2018 STAAR Accommodation Updates

TEA has shared updated information on 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies.

New for 2018:

Accessibility Features:

  • 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.

Designated Supports:

  • 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).

Policy:

  • 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.

Other:

  • 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, specialpopulations@tea.texas.gov.

Visit the TEA Accommodation Resources webpage for updated policy documents and training materials.

To learn more about these updates, please join us on Thursday, September 21st from 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. To reserve your spot in the live chat visit the Accommodation Central Community webpage.

For additional information contact kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

 

 

 

TED Tips: Supported Decision-Making

Senate Bill 748 revised TEC 29.011, TEC 29.0112 and TEC 29.017 to reflect the supported decision-making agreements available under Chapter 1357 of the Estates Code. As part of transition planning, schools will be required to provide information and resources on supported decision-making agreements.

For help in understanding and sharing information about alternatives to guardianship (including supported decision-making), check out these resources:

For more information, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results specialist at your ESC. For districts in Region 13, the contact is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

TED Tips: SB 748

Senate Bill 748, relating to transition planning, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature. While the act went into effect on the date it was signed into law (June 9, 2017), the revised rules will apply beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

This new law amends TEC §29.011, TEC §29.0112, and TEC §29.017. Check out this brief video to learn more about what educators, especially TEDs, need to know about the revised rules.

For more information about transition planning in Texas, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results network member at your ESC.

The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2017-2018 meeting is on Wednesday, September 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.

You can register for SPIN meetings in Ecampus by using course number FA1737127.

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net

Register Today! Basic PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

ESC Region 13 will be hosting Basic PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

September 14 and 15, 2017 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Workshop ID #: FA1737552

Cost: $90

13 TSHA CEUs confirmed

After this course, you will be able to:

  • List the six phases of Picture Exchange Communication System.
  • Recall the relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches.
  • Perform intervention strategies in the six phases of PECS.
  • Identify the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities.

Register on ecampus today! Contact Maria Daniel at maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net with questions.

Student Assessment TETN Schedule

Mark your calendars for the September 12 TETN to receive the latest updates and training on STAAR Accessibility!

This TETN is open to districts as well as Education Service Centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from districts that are members of the Distance Learning Network by contacting Distance Learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444.

For more information, contact Mark Billingsley, District Assessment, Mark.Billingsley@esc13.txed.net

Title: STAAR Accessibility Updates
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
Audience: Open to ESCs and districts
Event#: 293
Summary: This TETN will serve as the state-level training for regions, districts, and campuses regarding 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies. Presenters will discuss where to find accommodation information, how to determine student eligibility for accommodations, and how to document accommodation decisions and use. Questions will need to be routed through ESCs and will be answered as time allows.
Contact: Student Assessment Division

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-9536

student.assessment@tea.texas.gov

Beat the Heat Website Launch

The Beat the Heat website is live! Find it at https://goo.gl/rlTmBn.

Created as a companion resource to our conference, this website can be accessed across all platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Android…).  As a conference guide, you can bookmark this site in your favorite browser and use it to:

  1. Follow the Schedule
  2. Refer to Session Descriptions to choose the ones that are right for you.
  3. Handouts. Links to the handouts can be found in the session descriptions.  We are posting handouts as soon as they are received.  We will provide handouts to session participants.  Browse here to view and download all of the handouts and resources provided by our presenters.

Beat the Heat starts in 9 days! There are still a few open spots, register at  Workshop #SU1734208.

Collaborative Teaching with Technology – July 28- Have You Registered?

Where do your comfort and skill levels fall with regards to effectively using technology to enhance your productivity and/or student outcomes?  Here’s a call to action- Join us July 28 for Collaborative Teaching with Technology!  

What? Learn how to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes by meaningfully integrating technology into your collaborative classroom.

Who? This workshop is designed to address the needs of a variety of collaborative instructional arrangements, whether providing co-teaching, inclusion support, or classroom consultation. This workshop is designed for YOU:

  • Edtech
  • Co-teachers
  • Inclusion support
  • Assistive technology
  • ESL support
  • GT
  • Total tech novice
  • I feel pretty confident in my tech skills
  • I don’t have access to technology in my classroom
  • I only have my teacher computer and 1 iPad/Chromebook

How? Through guided practice, you will use a variety of simple yet powerful technology tools for planning, data collection, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and instructional accommodations.

You will also have a chance to explore additional self-selected technology tools relevant to your particular instructional arrangement and student needs.

Why, again? Having participated in examples of meaningful technology integration across varied classroom activities and practiced using the tech tools, you will be able to hit the ground running with engaging strategies for students and strategies for your own productivity and organization.

Where? Region 13

This workshop is a joint effort between Region 13 Specialists including Leslie Barrett (edtech/librarian), Kim West (special educator), Chris Teter (special educator/administrator) and Nichole Kertis Barton (AT/OT).  We’re excited to bring our different perspectives as well as be able to differentiate support based on your needs!  Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more details login to Ecampus and use workshop code SU1736528

Communication Connections Conference Website Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our CCC for SLPs website.  Find it at https://goo.gl/LrDt95.

Created as a companion resource to our conference, this website can be accessed across all platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Android…).  As a conference guide, you can bookmark this site in your favorite browser and use it to:

  1. Follow the Schedule
  2. Refer to Session Descriptions to choose the ones that are right for you.
  3. Download and print Handouts. Please note! Printed handouts will not be available at the conference. Links to the handouts can be found in the session descriptions.  Handouts are being posted as soon as they are received from the presenters.

This conference brings you a fresh look on an old favorite!  Join us in learning evidence-based practices on topics ranging from evaluation to service delivery and everything in between.

This conference starts in just 8 days!  Have you registered? We still have a few open spots!  Register today, you can attend onsite or online.

TEA Review of Schedule BS6016 of 2017-18 SpEd Consolidated Grant Application

The Texas Education Agency will be conducting random sampling of LEAs applying for the 2017-18 Special Education Consolidated Grant to request documentation supporting information provided on Schedule BS6016 (LEA MOE for Eligibility section) in the grant.

For selected LEAs possible documentation could be general ledgers and budget reports to support the following amounts:

  • amount of special education expenditures for the most recent prior year in which complete expenditure data are available and the LEA was in MOE compliance
  • budget for special education for 2017-18

The Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting Division will contact selected LEAs after the 2017-18 Consolidated Grant Application has been submitted.  Superintendents and special education directors of the selected LEAs will receive an email from compliance@tea.texas.gov.  LEAs contacted must provide documentation within two (2) business days.

With a very limited timeline (2 days) to provide documentation, LEAs are encouraged to identify the documentation to be provided in the event of being selected for the random sampling prior to submission of the grant.

TEA will use e-mails listed in the Texas Education Directory, ASKTED.  Please make sure the information for your LEA is current in ASKTED.

Contact Linda McDaniel linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net or Ann Jinkins ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net for support.

 

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