The Texas Education Agency has made updates to the Locally Approved Designated Supports for the 2018-2019 testing year.
Locally Approved Designated Supports are the 12 supports available to students who meet eligibility criteria. Eligibility decisions are made by the appropriate team of people at the campus level (ARD committee, 504 committee, LPAC, RTI team) based on the eligibility criteria for each support and are documented in the appropriate paperwork.
Policy Documents for each accommodation are organized the same way:
- Description of Accommodation
- Student Eligibility Criteria
- Authority for Decision and Required Documentation
- Special Instructions/Considerations
The full list of designated supports and current policy documents are available in the District and Campus Coordinator Resource at http://txetests.com/dccr
The following designated supports have no changes for 2018-2019:
What’s New and What has Changed?
Manipulating Test Materials
Recording notes in the margins per student directions has been moved to the Basic Transcribing policy.
The student dictates or signs information to be recorded in the margins of the test booklet or in the notes tool for online tests (does NOT apply to math calculations or responses to the written composition). Moved from Manipulating Test Materials.
For students who take a braille test and are also eligible for Content and Language Supports, a request for a paper version of STAAR with Embedded Supports should be submitted to TEA. Accommodations specific to braille test takers will be provided in the STAAR with Embedded Supports Paper Administration Guide accommodation tables and identified for the test administrator as “Braille Instructions ONLY.” Samples of how these accommodations will appear will be provided in the non-secure front matter of the STAAR with Embedded Supports Paper Administration Guide.
Online screen reader support for refreshable braille displays will be available in Spring 2019 in reading/language arts and social studies assessments.
The state will provide both contracted and uncontracted braille test materials in UEB ONLY (begins with the December 2018 administration).
Scientific and graphing calculators are no longer listed as allowable example/types for 2018-2019.
- Basic (i.e., four-function) handheld calculator or calculator application, including large-key or speech-output
- Basic calculator available as an online embedded support on STAAR
- Abacus or Cranmer modified abacus
- 0-9 addition grid without special number (e.g., even numbers) indicated
- Grade-appropriate multiplication grid without special numbers (e.g., perfect squares) indicated
Beginning with the spring 2019 administrations of math and science for STAAR and STAAR Spanish, the basic calculator (i.e., four-function) will be offered as an embedded PNP support on the STAAR online assessment for students who meet the eligibility in grades 3-7. For questions about the functions allowed on a basic calculator, refer to the calculator tool in the online 2018 STAAR released tests.
Content and Language Supports
STAAR Spanish online available with text-to-speech (TTS), Content and Language Supports, Spelling Assistance, basic calculator, and dictionary tool.
STAAR Spanish with embedded supports paper version available through the Special Paper Administration Process.
Student Eligibility Criteria has been clarified for ELs who take the English version of STAAR:
- “The student is a current EL and takes the English version of STAAR.”
- A student who is taking a Spanish test may still receive an oral administration if they meet one of the other eligibility criteria.
New for 2019
ASL videos are available as an online PNP option for STAAR.
For STAAR Spanish online TTS is offered as a tool for oral reading support.
For STAAR and STAAR Spanish paper assessments, the revising passages, revising test questions and answer choices, and embedded supports can be read aloud.
Beginning with the spring 2019 administrations, the revising passages and test questions on paper STAAR and STAAR Spanish writing tests (including the writing portion of the English I, English II, and English III tests) can be read aloud. The revising section of the test will be indicated so that the test administrator knows what they may read aloud. Test administrators may NOT read aloud any part of the editing section on a writing test.
Available on the STAAR Spanish online as an embedded PNP support for grade 4 writing.
Stay tuned to What’s So Special… for the following blog posts:
- New Online Features for 2019 STAAR
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