Archive for the ‘Assessment’ Category

UDL Series: Meeting the Needs of All Students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all students a variety of ways to engage with the content. Today’s students enter classrooms with a wide range of skills, needs, and interests. At the same time, much of the curriculum available to teachers is narrowly focused, making it hard to meet the diverse needs of these students. […]

UDL Series: What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, […]

STAAR Alternate 2 Updates

TEA has shared their Fall Update: New Features of the STAAR Alternate 2 for 2017-2018!  Large print student booklets are now available and can be ordered by districts through the enrollment collection process. Student booklets will feature limited color images. An image card set will come with each standard size student booklet.  Cards contain the […]

2018 STAAR Accommodation Updates

TEA has shared updated information on 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies. New for 2018: Accessibility Features: A sticky notes tool was added to the online system. The use of amplification and projection devices was changed from designated supports to accessibility features. Designated Supports: Content and language supports were combined into one embedded support. A spell […]

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13. SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2017-2018 meeting is on Wednesday, September 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive […]

Student Assessment TETN Schedule

Mark your calendars for the September 12 TETN to receive the latest updates and training on STAAR Accessibility! This TETN is open to districts as well as Education Service Centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from districts that are members of the Distance Learning Network by contacting Distance Learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444. […]

Communication Connections Conference Website Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our CCC for SLPs website.  Find it at https://goo.gl/LrDt95. Created as a companion resource to our conference, this website can be accessed across all platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Android…).  As a conference guide, you can bookmark this site in your favorite browser and use it to: Follow the […]

Communication Connections Conference for SLPs!

(Formerly Hill Country Summer Institute for SLPs) Renee Attaway from Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking presents: Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity We are so excited to host a presentation by Renee Attaway, a presenter from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, that we would like to open up Day […]

STAAR, Tablets/iPads, Speech-to-Text, and Test Security!

Preparing for STAAR takes a village! There is information on slide 64 in the 2017 ESC Testing Coordinators Training Presentation on exceptions to the prohibition on internet access for tablets used in STAAR testing that are not in any other TEA document. These exceptions are important to students who have been using web-based speech-to-text as a […]

FIE to IEP – the ABCs of a Well-Written Plan

There are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). These documents, when well-written, can be assets to the students they are designed for as well as their teachers.  It takes a multidisciplinary team to create such dynamic and effective plans. This two-day training will focus on combining the details of a Full […]

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