STAAR Test Accommodations

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Texas provides testing accommodations for students with disabilities who meet certain criteria. Read on to learn about the types of STAAR test accommodations and the policies regulating them.

Overview of Accommodations for STAAR Tests

STAAR testing accommodations are designed to level the field for students with disabilities by minimizing the impact a disability has on their performance. To be allowed an accommodation, a student must meet that accommodation's established criteria for eligibility.

Students who receive STAAR test accommodations typically have known disabilities and are in special education programs or receive services through a Section 504 plan. On rare occasions, accommodations may be provided for other students if they meet eligibility requirements.

Types of Accommodations

STAAR testing accommodations are divided into two types. Individual schools decide whether students are eligible for Type 1 accommodations. For Type 2 accommodations, schools must submit documentation to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to receive approval. Not all accommodations are available for all tests.

Type Accommodations Available
Type 1 Access to dictionaries, Braille or large print test formats, extra testing time, amplification or projection devices, supplemental charts and graphs, math manipulatives, spelling assistance devices, and calculation devices
Services such as basic transcription, oral or signed test administration, assistance moving test materials or operating computers, and frequent prompts to keep working
Type 2 Access to complex transcription services, math scribes, test materials made larger or single-sided via photocopying, an extra day of test time, or any other accommodations considered appropriate

The TEA provides an outline of each STAAR testing accommodation. These outlines include a description of the accommodation, the assessments for which the accommodation may be used, criteria used to determine student eligibility, an overview of how the accommodation gets approved, and any additional instructions and considerations for educators. These documents may be downloaded from the TEA website (tea.texas.gov).

How to Determine Appropriate Accommodations

Accommodations should be considered for each student on an individual, rather than class or group, basis. For a STAAR accommodation to be provided, the student should be familiar with the accommodation and have used it previously in a classroom or test-taking setting. After the STAAR tests, educators should evaluate how accommodations impacted student performance and record that information to ensure that students are provided appropriate accommodations on future assessments.

To learn more about accommodations and some of the instructional techniques that can be used to help students with disabilities meet learning outcomes measured by the STAAR tests, explore Study.com's courses on Resources for Teaching Special Education and Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities.

Tools for Students Taking STAAR Tests With Accommodations

STAAR testing accommodations alter the administration of assessments, but do not affect their content or the knowledge and skills they measure. In addition to ensuring that students are provided effective accommodations, educators and parents must make sure that students have mastered the concepts they will encounter on their STAAR assessments. Study.com offers multiple online STAAR prep and practice courses to help them do just that. These courses, featuring short, easy-to-follow video lessons and practice exams, may be used as supplements to classroom instruction or as resources for students to review at home. See what they have to offer:

Subject Study.com Prep and Practice Courses
Math STAAR Grade 7 Mathematics, STAAR Grade 8 Mathematics, STAAR Algebra I, STAAR Algebra II
Social Studies STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies, STAAR U.S. History
English STAAR English I, STAAR Grade 7 Reading, STAAR Grade 8 Reading
Science STAAR Grade 8 Science, STAAR Biology

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