Accommodations Student Scenarios Published

TEA uses student scenarios to illustrate various eligibility criteria for the STAAR assessment Accommodations. Previously these scenarios were published as a part of the individual accommodations descriptions. They were removed from those PDFs and are now available as a separate package of information here: 2014 Accommodation Policy-Student Scenarios_PDF-1.Remember that these are only the assessment accommodations and are not the only accommodations available for classroom use.

We will review these student scenarios as a part of our December 5 Supplemental Aids webinar.

Register for that free webinar here:

Why Do They Do That? Coping With a New Generation of Early Childhood Behaviors

Do you have “that kid” in your classroom?  Have you tried everything in your behavior toolbox, but still feel like you’re getting nowhere?  Strong classroom systems and good relationships are some of the tools that help the majority of students to be successful in school.  However, some students need more specialized tactics.  In this workshop we’ll explore what misbehavior looks like in the early childhood classroom, including the purpose that it serves.  Through videos and discussion, we’ll learn how to develop clear expectations that are developmentally appropriate for young learners.  We will also discover useful strategies for effectively dealing with misbehavior and learn practical ways to teach appropriate behavior to even the most challenging students.

Register HERE for this workshop:

December 5, 9:00-4:00              Workshop # FA1327648                         $75

2014 STAAR Supplemental Aids Update – webinar

TEA has released an updated version of the Supplemental Aids guidance document, which you may access here Acc-Allowable-Supp-Aids_kb_ppt or here:

Region 13 will be hosting a free webinar on December 5 at 11:30 to go over these updates and introduce suggestions for classroom implementation. Register for that webinar here: . As always, the webinar will be recorded and available for access on the Region 13 webinars page:

Inclusion Support for Science Teachers

Students who receive special education services are very commonly included in general education Science classes. This population of students needs Specially Designed Instruction that serves their unique educational needs. Remember that teachers who work primarily outside of special education need to have professional development towards special education if they are working with those students (Texas Education Code (TEC) §21.451 (e).

This workshop will introduce concepts including:

  • brain-based approaches to differentiation
  • instructional strategies for accommodations
  • modification of grade-level content

To register, visit E-Campus and search for FA1326408 — or follow this link:

Title: Accessing the General Curriculum in Science
Date: 12/3/13
Cost: $75
Presenters: Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba & Matt Holloway

Recorded SOA Webinar Now Available

Educators who are looking for information about the Standardized Oral Administration accommodation (a new, computer-based version of the Oral Administration accommodation), need look no further than the Region 13 AGC webinars page: 

Also, districts have been asking about documenting this accommodation. The webinar spells this out in greater detail, but essentially a student must have the following in the IEP/504 plan to be eligible for this accommodation:

•Accommodation: Oral Administration
•Level of Support: Read part at student request


•Accommodation: Oral Administration
•Level of Support: Read all
      –With the student option to change level of support
•Since SOA has a change option built in, student’s IEP or 504 paperwork must include the “change option “ if that student has the “Read All” level of support.
•If student has “Read parts” as level of support, then IEP/504 does not need to include the “change option”.
•Final Point (Important): Although you do not need to directly reference SOA in IEP/504 paperwork, it is strongly advised that this option be discussed with parents and other members of ARD/504 teams in advance of test day.



Accommodations Webinar: Gearing Up for the SOA

As you know, this year’s STAAR Accommodations include a new option for Oral Administration called the Standardized Oral Administration. This computer-based, online option is available for
• grade 4 reading and mathematics
• grade 7 reading and mathematics
• grade 8 science and social studies

Region 13 is putting on a webinar to review:

  • description and eligibility criteria
  • the SOA student orientation module
  • tools for implementing text-to-speech instruction in any classroom

Register for this 30-minute webinar here: