Archive for August, 2011

STAAR Modified Participation Requirements

              Breaking News— TEA has posted the new participation requirements for STAAR-Modified.  This form can also be located on TEA’s website at the STAAR Modified Resources page and is a State-Required Documentation Form. This means that TEA requires campuses to complete and file this form for all students who take […]

Rosa’s Law and HB 1481

What did Rosa’s Law do? When Rosa’s law was passed in January 2010 the term “mental retardation” was removed in federal laws and regulations and the term “intellectual disabilities” was inserted.   The bill in full can be accessed by clicking here. What does HB 1481 do? HB 1481 replaces the term “persons with mental retardation” […]

STAAR Decisions

.   It’s the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year……and the STAARs of Texas are upon you.  Students will begin experiencing the increased rigor in everyday instruction.  How can you be sure that the STAARs are aligned and each student will be taking the appropriate test?  ARD committees may need some helpful guidance.  Attached is a […]

NEW Special Education STAAR Resources Page

We are proud to announce our new Special Education STAAR Resources page.  When you visit this page, expect to find relevant and helpful tools to help make the transition to STAAR a smooth one, specifically for students receiving special education services.  We are hoping this will become one of your frequently visited sites for all […]

FREE Webinar: Increase Students’ Science Content Vocabulary

Click Here to Register for this Session-Open to the First 90 People to Register Join learning strategy specialist, Dr. Kelly Grillo, for a 60 minute webinar as she reviews some practical and free research-based strategies to improve your students’ science vocabulary knowledge. Join Dr. Grillo as she will… identify research-based instructional practices appropriate for use […]

STAAR & STAAR Modified Combined Blueprints

We have recently created the STAAR and STAAR Modified combined blueprints for all tested subjects, grades 3-8.  These documents allow you to compare the number of items, performance tasks, and assessed TEKS for both the STAAR and STAAR Modified assessment, all on a single page. It’s important to note the Readiness Standards for each STAAR […]

STAAR Alternate Updates

The TEA has released new updates pertaining to STAAR Alternate.  Some of the highlights are listed below, but do access the full document by clicking here. The highlights pertain to the STAAR Alternate training modules and End-of-Course enrollment and assessment. 3 HIGHLIGHTS 1. The new STAAR Alternate training modules, 1-3, will be available on August 29, […]

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