Alternate Assessment Change for 2011-2012

The Texas Education Agency via TETN announced this morning that STAAR-Alternate will be the only assessment administered for students with significant cognitive disabilities beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. While TAKS, TAKS-A and TAKS-M will still be administered to students in grade 10 and 11, TAKS-Alt will NOT be available for 10th and 11th grade students meeting the criteria for the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Pat Otto, the Alternate Assessment Manager at TEA provided the attached document to explain the rationale for this decision and how state testing requirements will be met for the affected students.

More details will be coming in the Alternate Assessment TETN scheduled for May 12th from 1 – 3 pm, but we wanted you to have this information as soon as possible because of its implications for ARD Committee decisions and summer training.

Please feel free to contact Ann  Jacobson at if you have any questions about the transition to STAAR-Alternate.

TETN April 5, 2011 Document

TAKS-ALT Participation Requirement Criteria

Blog Post on Assessment Decisions for Students with Disabilities

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