Archive for October, 2011

Combined EOC STAAR & STAAR Modified Blueprints

We have recently created the EOC STAAR and STAAR Modified combined blueprints for all six of the EOC STAAR Modified tested subjects.  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 […]

2011-2012 STAAR Accommodations Update #2

Who can use these testing accommodations? Over the past few years, the number of accommodations and the number of students eligible to use testing accommodations has grown.  What used to be reserved for a select group of students or a certain type of assessment is no longer the case. The transition from TAKS to STAAR […]

2011-2012 STAAR Accommodations Update #1

TEA has recently started to post it’s new Accommodation Policies and Procedures for 2011-2012.  Because of all of the new updates and changes, our plan is to take all of the new information and to chunk it into pieces, a series of blog post mini-lessons. These mini-lessons will highlight and explain the most recent critical […]

Tips to Increasing Science Vocabulary Knowledge

The science classroom can be filled with many difficult words, representing complex concepts that are typically not a part of the student’s everyday experiences.  When you add a student with a processing and/or language-based disability, the need for further support and repeated exposure becomes a must. Direct vocabulary instruction has repeatedly shown to be an effective […]

Power of 2 is Coming!

Are you sharing a classroom with a general ed or a special ed teacher?  Do you feel like those new “Dancing With the Stars” partners who are stepping on each others toes or even working against each other?  Co-teaching can be fun and rewarding if you know the right steps to support the partnership. Power […]

Service Delivery in the Schools – Is it Individualized?

IDEA mandates, and ASHA recommends, that special education service delivery, as well as the frequency and duration of those services, be based on the needs of the individual student.   We have recently heard a lot of information from TEA regarding “patterns of service,” again requiring that districts make data-driven, or “student centered,” decisions around service […]

New & Powerful Documentary on the Disability Rights Movement

On October 27, at 10 PM, PBS will air a new documentary tracing the development of the disability rights movement from its beginning following World War II, up to the passage of the American with Disabilities Act in 1990. To learn more about the film, visit the film’s companion website at… http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/lives-worth-living/ The link below […]

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