New: Inclusion Support for ELAR Teachers

If you are teaching students with disabilities in an inclusion setting, either as a Special Education teacher or as a General Education teacher, Region 13 would like to encourage you to attend our new workshop: Accessing the General Curriculum in English Language Arts. Participants will leave with strategies to help determine and implement appropriate accommodations, collect and use formative assessment data, manage behavior, and differentiate instruction for students with disabilities. Just search E-Campus for FA1327107. See a full list of AGC courses below:

FA1327099 Accommodation Central – Primary 10/9/2013
SP1427164 Accommodation Central – Primary 1/13/2014
SP1427100 Accommodation Central – Secondary 1/13/2014
FA1327163 Accommodation Central – Secondary 10/7/2013
FA1326973 Math for All- AGC grades 3-12 11/12/2013
FA1327107 Accessing the General Curriculum in ELAR 9/23/2013
FA1326408 Accessing the General Curriculum in Science 12/3/2013

2013 STAAR Assessments Released

Another recent news bulletin from TEA announces the release of STAAR test items from the 2013 assessment. Note that STAAR Modified questions will not be released until 2014, which will also be the final administration of STAAR Modified. From the bulletin:

The STAAR Modified assessment is not part of this accelerated release, but will be made available in 2014, as currently scheduled. The U.S. Department of Education has informed states that assessments based on modified standards for students served by special education cannot be used for accountability purposes after the 2013-2014 school year. As a result of this federal directive, all STAAR Modified assessments will be administered for the final time during the 2013-2014 assessment cycle.

View the bulletin here:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/Communications/Press_Releases/2013_releases/TEA_releases_STAAR%C2%AE_assessments/

STAAR-M HB- 5 News Release from TEA

From the News Release:

STAAR Modified Program
The U.S. Department of Education has informed states that assessments based on modified standards for students served by special education cannot be used for accountability purposes after the 2013–2014 school year. As a result of that federal directive, all STAAR Modified assessments will be administered for the final time during the 2013–2014 assessment cycle. Further information regarding plans for the inclusion of this population of students in the general assessment program beginning with the 2014–2015 school year will be forthcoming.

Benchmark Testing
HB 5 prohibits districts from administering more than two benchmark assessments for any corresponding grade/subject or course STAAR assessment. To ensure that students are truly prepared for STAAR, schools must develop strong, coherent academic programs and provide students with high-quality instruction.

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The letter also includes information about STAAR Alternate, Graduation Requirements, Performance Standards, and Benchmark Testing. Read the full text here.

Reading K-2 Tier 1 RTI Workshop at Region 13

Do you need to strengthen Tier 1 reading instruction for Grades K-2?
Literacy is the foundation to all learning. Building a strong foundation in literacy for every child is the responsibility of all teachers. That can be a daunting task but it is one of the most rewarding experiences a teacher can have. The “Strengthening Tier 1 Reading Instruction Series” is designed to provide teachers with the tools needed to build a solid foundation across all five components of reading and provide research based strategies to address response to intervention (RTI) in the area of reading.

Dates and other details are available here.