Archive for the ‘State Assessment’ Category

HB 657—Notification of Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee’s (ARDC’s) Options Related to Grade Promotion

An update from TEA. The Agency has received questions stemming from the newly created subsection (i-2) of Section 28.0122 of the Texas Education Code.  In context, the new requirements (represented by the underlined text) are as follows: (i)         The admission, review, and dismissal committee of a student who participates in a district’s special education program […]

What’s “Special” About Graduation? IGCs and IEPs

As we countdown to commencement, consider the following when making decisions about graduation for students with disabilities. Assessment Decision Basics: At any point in the student’s high school career, the ARD committee can determine that passing the state assessments (EOCs) will not be required for the student to graduate. At any point in the student’s […]

What we know about the new online STAAR…

TEA has shared information on the new online version of STAAR that will be available beginning in March 2017.  STAAR A and STAAR L will no longer be used as the online version will take their place.  What we know is limited to the communication from State Assessment: The new version will have embedded accommodations, […]

Clarification Regarding the Cancellation of the June STAAR Administration for Grades 5 and 8 for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The Division of Federal and State Education Policy at the Texas Education Agency has provided the following information regarding how the cancellation of the June STAAR administration for students in grades 5 and 8 affects students who receive special education services. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides the following clarification regarding how the cancellation of the […]

March 2016 STAAR Grades 5 and 8 Online Testing Update

April 20, 2016 To the Administrator Addressed communication from TEA has provided guidance on how to address SSI requirements for students affected by the online testing issues that occurred in March. Issues identified with the online testing are: 1.  students provided with an incorrect version of the test, and 2. students logged out due to […]

What’s “Special” About Graduation: ARD Decisions

It’s that time of year! Graduation is just a couple of months away, and students are preparing to launch from public school into adult life. For ARD committees, this means determining which high school program a student has met, based on their academic achievement. You might be wondering . . . How do the rules […]

SB 149 Critical Update for Special Education

TEA has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions about SB 149. The document can be found on the TEA website. The following questions directly outline the options for students receiving special education services: 5. Are students who receive special education services eligible to receive an Individual Graduation Committee review? When a student receives special education […]

Fall Student Assessment TETN Dates for Students with Disabilities

TEA has posted the dates for the fall Student Assessment TETNs for students with disabilities.  . Please note that there will not be a separate ARD committee training TETN this fall.  Information for ARD committees specific to testing accommodations, STAAR Alternate, or STAAR A will be included in its respective TETN. 9/24 Event Number: 33017 […]

TEA News Release Regarding HB 5 Transition

The Texas Education Agency has provided school districts and charter schools more information regarding HB 5 transition in the August 2 News Release. Information about the Redesign of the STAAR Alternate Program and STAAR Modified Program are included in the News Release.    

House Bill 5

House Bill 5, passed by the 83rd Legislature during the regular session, has been signed by Governor Rick Perry. This bill reduces the number of exit exams required for graduation from 15 to 5. It also establishes a new accountability system for districts, and gives students multiple pathways to graduation by creating endorsement plans specific to […]

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