Accessing the General Education in Science

Science teachers and Special Education teachers supporting Science –

The modern classroom includes a heterogeneous group of students with varied interests, backgrounds and levels of preparedness.  Accessing the General Education in Science is a workshop that will explore research, strategies and practices related to different groups of students. Participants will gain knowledge of research based approaches to help students who are struggling, take a meaningful role in class and make progress toward success. Participants will also learn about new state assessments and link instructional accommodations to allowable accommodations on state standardized tests.










AGC in Science will be October 1, 2014 at ESC Region 13 Teaching and Learning Center.

To register please visit



STAAR A Update

Region 13 attended TEA’s STAAR A training on Wednesday, September 24th. The training covered STAAR A, the computer based assessment with accommodations. We learned of the embedded accommodations and accessibility features that STAAR A will provide to students with disabilities. We also learned of the eligibility requirements and timeline for release of more information.

We have attached a one page overview with the most current STAAR A information. We are currently working on a FAQ document for STAAR A and will post that as soon as it is finalized.

STAAR A handout-new

To find the most current information from TEA about STAAR A visit

We will continue to post updates through our blog. If you have specific questions, please call JC Sanders at 512-919-5420 or email at

Research based instruction for teaching basic math facts

FREE TRAINING! September 30, 2014 at ESC Region 13

Research shows that instruction of strategies for basic math facts increases students’ likelihood of mastery and retention.

New Math TEKS state 2nd graders will recall basic facts to add and subtract within twenty with automaticity and 3rd graders will recall multiplication facts up to ten by ten with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts.

Teaching of strategies to develop mastery of basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact.

In this workshop, participants will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use to solve unknown basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

Participants will receive a set of Factastic Math Strategy Addition/Subtraction and Multiplication/Division cards for free!

To register visit

As a special “welcome back” for the 2014-15 school year, this training is FREE to all participants from districts and charters within Region 13.  Please enter discount code sept2014 to attend at no cost.

2014-15 Free Assistive Technology Trainings

Need current information on Assistive Technology?  Here are resources to get your year off to a great start!

Learning Ally is sponsoring a free webinar entitled on Wednesday, September 24 @ 11:30 am entitled “Assistive Technology for Reading Accommodations:From Low Tech to High–Tech”

Check out details and register at:
Additional FREE AT training opportunities for 2014-15

STAAR Standardized Oral Administration will be expanded for 2015 testing

From TEA:

Standardized oral administration (SOA) for the STAAR program, an online option for oral administration, will be expanded in the 2014–2015 school year to include grade 5 science and grade 6 reading and mathematics assessments. Districts will be able to test students using SOA for STAAR in the following grades and subjects:


  • grade 4 reading and mathematics
  • grade 5 science
  • grade 6 reading and mathematics
  • grade 7 reading and mathematics
  • grade 8 science and social studies


Information about SOA is available on the Student Assessment website at This information includes the student tutorial for SOA as well as some released STAAR test forms.

Help from Region 13:

Do you have additional questions about the SOA program?

Not sure which students would be eligible for SOA? Try our SOA flow chart – Determining Eligibility for SOA Flow Chart

Wondering how else to include standardize oral administration in your daily classroom? Check out our tech tips for oral administration – Tech Tips for OA