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Title: ARD Committee Training for the 2012


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ARD Committee Training for the 20122013 Texas
Assessment Program
  • Presented at TETN 14279
  • August 22, 2012

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  • These slides have been prepared and approved by
    the Student Assessment Division of the Texas
    Education Agency and serve as state guidance
    about how ARD committees should make and document
    in an IEP statewide assessment decisions for
    students receiving special education services.
  • This information takes the place of a published
    manual and should be made available to all
    region, district, and campus staff, as well as
    parents, who participate in ARD committee
    meetings.
  • Additional ARD Committee resources can be found
    at http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/a
    rd/.
  • If any slide is amended or revised for use in
    local or regional trainings, please remove this
    slide as well as the TEA footer at the bottom of
    each slide.

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Table of Contents
Slide 7 Training-related Acronyms
Slides 8-13 Overview of the Texas Assessment Program
Slides 14- 22 Making the Statewide Assessment Decision
Slides 23-47 Participation Requirements
Slides 48-54 Factors to Consider When Making Statewide Assessment Decisions
Slide 49 Student Success Initiative (SSI)
Slide 50 Commissioner's Rule on Substitute High School Courses
Slide 51 Cumulative Score Requirements
Slide 52 15 Grading Requirement
Slides 53-54 Graduation
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Table of Contents
Slide 55-69 Frequently Asked Questions
Slide 56 1. What if the assessment decision made at a previous ARD meeting needs to be revised prior to testing?
Slide 57 2. What additional steps are needed to make assessment decisions for ELLs receiving special education services?
Slide 58 3. Can the ARD committee recommend assessments and/or accommodations, regardless of TEA policy?
Slide 59 4. Must the ARD committee address the STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate Participation Requirements for all special education students?
Slide 60 5. Is the STAAR Modified science assessment appropriate for a student when the IEP only addresses reading skills, with no goals specific to science?
Slide 61 6. If a student takes STAAR Modified in high school but is dismissed from special education before graduation, will the student now have to take STAAR?
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Table of Contents
Slide 55-69 Frequently Asked Questions
Slides 62-63 7. How do I use the modified and alternate high school PEIMS codes?
Slide 64 8. A student was a 10th grader last year and is a 12th grader this year. He meets TAKSM participation requirements for all subjects. What tests does he take?
Slide 65 9. If a high school student takes STAAR Modified in some subjects, STAAR in others, and is therefore on the MHSP, why would the ARD committee determine that the student must continue testing in STAAR to meet the cumulative score requirement?
Slide 66 10. Why would an ARD committee determine that a student is eligible for STAAR Modified in Algebra II, chemistry, or physics if no modified assessment exists for these?
Slide 67 11. The MHSP requires students to take World History or World Geography. What test does the student take if he/she is enrolled in both courses?
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Table of Contents
Slides 55-69 Frequently Asked Questions
Slide 68 12. If a student is enrolled in a modified U.S. History or English III course in the 20122013 school year, does that student have to take STAAR Modified when it becomes available in 2014?
Slide 69 13. Who takes STAAR Modified during the December 2012 administration?
Slides 70-73 Contact Information and Resources
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Training-Related Acronyms
  • ARD - Admission, Review , and Dismissal
  • DAP - Distinguished Achievement Program
  • ELL - English Language Learner
  • EOC - End-of-Course
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education
    Act
  • IEP - Individualized Education Program
  • LAT TAKS linguistically accommodated testing
  • LEP - Limited English Proficiency
  • LPAC - Language Proficiency Assessment Committee
  • MHSP - Minimum High School Program
  • STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic
    Readiness
  • STAAR L - Linguistically accommodated version of
    STAAR
  • TAC - Texas Administrative Code
  • TAKS - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
  • TAKSAlt - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and
    Skills Alternate
  • TAKSM - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
    Modified
  • TEA - Texas Education Agency
  • TEKS - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • TETN - Texas Education Telecommunication Network
  • PEIMS - Public Education Information Management
    System
  • RHSP - Recommended High School Program

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Overview of the Texas Assessment Program
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Who Takes STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAAR
Modified, or STAAR Alternate?
  • STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR Modified
  • Students who were first enrolled in grade 9 or
    below in the 20112012 school year
  • For unique situations that dont fit this
    guideline, contact TEAs Student Assessment
    Division.
  • STAAR Alternate
  • Students in grades 3 and above who have
    significant cognitive disabilities and meet the
    participation requirements for an alternate
    assessment based on alternate academic
    achievement standards will take STAAR Alternate.
    TAKSAlt is no longer available.

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What STAAR Assessments Do ELLs Receiving Special
Education Services Take?
  • STAAR in English
  • STAAR in Spanish (grades 3-5)
  • STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate
  • STAAR L in English
  • STAAR L linguistically accommodated STAAR tests
    for eligible ELLs
  • Available for math, science, and social studies,
    grade 3 and above, including EOC
  • No STAAR L forms of STAAR Modified but linguistic
    accommodations available for eligible ELLs who
    take STAAR Modified
  • STAAR L participation criteria somewhat different
    from old TAKS LAT
  • Participation criteria available on STAAR L
    Resources webpage at http//www.tea.state.tx.us/st
    udent.assessment/ell/staarl/

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TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), and TAKSM
  • Exit level TAKS and TAKS (Accommodated) primary
    tests and retests ARE available.
  • TAKSM grade 11 tests ARE available.
  • TAKSM grade 11 assessments are not exit level
    tests. They are only administered once a year
    during the primary administration to students
    enrolled in grade 11 who meet participation
    requirements.
  • TAKSM retests are not available.
  • TAKSM grade 11 assessments are not administered
    to students in grade 12.
  • TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), and TAKSM grade 10
    tests are no longer available.

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What TAKS Assessments Do ELLs Receiving Special
Education Services Take?
  • Same tests as on previous TAKS slide.
  • For TAKS program, no changes to
  • LEP postponements for exit level
  • Participation requirements for unschooled
    asylees/refugees
  • More information on LPAC Resources webpage at
    http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/ell/
    lpac/

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TELPAS
  • For ELLs grades K12
  • Listening, speaking, reading, writing
  • Measures annual growth in English language
    acquisition
  • In very rare cases ARD committee and LPAC may
    determine that student should not be assessed in
    one or more domains due to students particular
    disability
  • More information to be posted in 2012-2013 TELPAS
    Decision-Making Guide for LPACS. Posting in the
    fall at http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assess
    ment/ell/lpac/.

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Making the Statewide Assessment Decision
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What does access mean?
  • Access a means of approach how a teacher
    exposes a student to the grade-level/course TEKS

Instructional Focus Instructional Approach Instructional Examples
Instruction covers all of the required curriculum Accommodations Extra time, formatting changes, small group, manipulatives, spelling assistance, transcribing
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Instructional Focus Instructional Approach Instructional Examples
Although student is exposed to all of the curriculum, IEP goals may focus on select student expectations or address all student expectations but in a broad/simplified manner. Modifications Deleting extraneous information, limiting number of steps in questions, simplifying decoding level, simplifying numbers, defining difficult vocabulary
Individual supports and materials compensate for the students disability and allow access to all of the curriculum. Prerequisite skills linked to grade-level/course curriculum Performance tasks to determine mastery at three varying complexity levels
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The First Consideration General Assessment
  • Participation in the general assessment should be
    the first consideration when determining the
    appropriate assessment for a student.
  • General assessments in the Texas Assessment
    Program
  • STAAR
  • STAAR Spanish
  • TAKS
  • TAKS (Accommodated)

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The First Consideration the General Assessment
  • To determine whether the general assessment is
    the most appropriate,
  • ARD committees must review the students present
    level of academic achievement and functional
    performance (PLAAFP).
  • Provides a clear understanding of students
    performance in the grade-level/course TEKS,
    including strengths, current areas of need, and
    accommodations, modifications, or supports used.

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The First Consideration the General Assessment
  • ARD committees must review the students
    instructional plan.
  • This is the basis for making appropriate
    assessment decisions.
  • Provides a clear understanding of how student
    will access the grade-level/course curriculum,
    including accommodations, modifications, or
    supports needed.

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The First Consideration the General Assessment
  • ARD committees must understand
  • What statewide assessments are required and
    available (STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAAR
    Modified, STAAR Alternate, TAKS, TAKS
    (Accommodated), TAKSM, LAT)
  • Assessed TEKS
  • Design and format of each statewide assessment
  • Accommodation policies
  • Implications of taking a particular statewide
    assessment

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  • If STAAR, with or without accommodations, is
    appropriate for a student, the ARD committee
    must document this decision and the testing
    accommodations the student will receive.
  • Documented testing accommodations must be
    consistent with state accommodation policies
    posted on Accommodations Resources web page.
  • For accommodations that require TEA approval
    through submission of an Accommodation Request
    Form, document pending TEA approval.
  • If STAAR, with or without accommodations, is not
    appropriate for a student, the ARD committee
    must review participation requirements for one of
    the alternate assessments.

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Participation RequirementsSTAAR ModifiedSTAAR
AlternateTAKSM
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TAKSM
  • Should be used only for students in grade 11
    during the 20122013 school year
  • Grade 10 TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), and TAKSM
    tests will no longer be administered.

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STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate
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State-Required Documentation Forms
  • The STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate
    Participation Requirements are state-required
    documentation forms that must be completed and
    retained by the district when eligibility for
    either assessment is confirmed. This document may
    be filed at the campus level or in the IEP
    (although it is not a required part of the IEP).

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State-Required Documentation Forms
  • The district personnel who completes these forms
    should be a member of the ARD committee (e.g.,
    special education teacher, ARD facilitator,
    administrator). These forms should be completed
    during the ARD committee meeting when assessment
    decisions are made.

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Step I Review the Eligibility Criteria
  • STAAR Modified
  • Circle the subject(s) or course(s) for which
    STAAR Modified is being considered.
  • Circle NA, not applicable, for subjects/courses
    that do not apply to the student
  • Subjects/courses for which STAAR Modified is not
    being considered
  • Subjects that are not tested at the students
    grade or courses that the student is not enrolled
    in for the school year under consideration

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Step I Review the Eligibility Criteria
  • STAAR Alternate
  • Eligibility is being considered for all tested
    subjects in the students enrolled grade or all
    courses the student is enrolled in.
  • If the student is eligible to take STAAR
    Alternate, then he/she must take this assessment
    for all subjects/courses.

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Step I Review the Eligibility Criteria
  • STAAR Modified
  • The ARD committee must review each of the three
    questions for every subject or course being
    considered and circle YES or NO.
  • Do the students present level of academic
    achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP)
    statements in the IEP lead the ARD committee to
    conclude that the student is multiple years
    behind grade-level or course expectations and
    will not progress at the same rate and level of
    rigor as their non-disabled peers?
  • Does the students IEP contain standards-based
    (TEKS-based) goals indicating the modified
    content the student requires in order to access
    the grade-level or course curriculum?
  • Does the student require direct and intensive
    instruction in order to acquire, maintain, and
    transfer skills to other contexts?

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Step I Review the Eligibility Criteria
  • STAAR Alternate
  • The ARD committee must review each of the five
    questions if STAAR Alternate is being considered,
    and circle YES or NO.
  • Does the student have a significant cognitive
    disability?
  • Does the student require specialized supports to
    access the grade-level curriculum and
    environment?
  • Does the student require intensive,
    individualized instruction in a variety of
    instructional settings?
  • Does the student access and participate in the
    grade-level TEKS through prerequisite skills?
  • Does the student primarily demonstrate knowledge
    and skills through performance tasks?

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Step I Review the Eligibility Criteria
  • To be eligible to participate in either STAAR
    Modified or STAAR Alternate, the answer to all of
    the applicable questions must be Yes.
  • If the answer to any of the questions is No, the
    student is not eligible to participate in STAAR
    Modified/STAAR Alternate and must participate in
    one of the other statewide assessments.

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  • Each Yes answer requires a justification that
    references the page number or section of the IEP
    that contains evidence that the student meets the
    criterion.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • If Yes is indicated for all of the eligibility
    criteria, the ARD committee must discuss the
    assurances in Step II and the district personnel
    completing the form must initial each one.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • When an alternate assessment is selected, IDEA
    and The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered
    Special Education Process require ARD committees
    to document in the IEP
  • A statement of why student cannot participate in
    general assessment with or without allowable
    accommodations, AND

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  • A statement of why an alternate assessment is
    appropriate for student, including evidence from
    IEP that confirms that answer to each of the
    questions for STAAR Modified is Yes, AND
  • A list of testing accommodations consistent with
    state accommodation policies posted on
    Accommodations Resources webpage
  • In order to make appropriate accommodation
    decisions from year to year, their effectiveness
    should be assessed.
  • Collect data on how the student performs with and
    without the accommodation.
  • Make available to the student a variety of
    instructional strategies to see which is most
    effective.
  • For accommodations that require TEA approval
    through submission of an Accommodation Request
    Form, document pending TEA approval.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • It is not appropriate to make an assessment
    decision simply because a student passed or
    failed a previous statewide assessment.
  • Example If a student achieved advanced academic
    performance on STAAR Modified, this does not
    automatically mean that the student should now
    take STAAR. Other factors must be considered.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • ARD committee decisions should be based only on
    the educational need of a student.
  • If a student meets the participation requirements
    for STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate, then
    he/she should be administered this assessment.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • Students receiving special education services for
    any qualifying disability category are eligible
    to take STAAR Modified if the answer to all three
    eligibility questions is YES.
  • For STAAR Alternate, the ARD committee will focus
    on evidence of a significant cognitive disability
    and how the student accesses the grade-level or
    course curriculum. They will rule out students
    who have a learning disability and receive
    modified instruction.
  • Students taking STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate
    may be receiving instruction in any setting
    (e.g., inclusion, resource, self-contained).

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • For elementary and middle school students, the
    ARD committee must understand the future
    implications that could result if a student is
    receiving modified instruction or instruction
    through prerequisite skills from year to year.
  • Modified instruction and instruction through
    prerequisite skills in high school MHSP

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • As cited in TAC 74.61(e), a high school student
    who takes STAAR Alternate or at least one STAAR
    Modified EOC assessment is receiving a different
    type of instruction (e.g., prerequisite skills,
    modified) than his/her peers. Therefore, the
    student will graduate on the MHSP.
  • To graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished
    Programs, a student must have successful
    completion on STAAR.

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Step II Discuss Assurances
  • Students are only eligible to take STAAR Modified
    if they are accessing the curriculum through
    modified instruction.
  • Students are only eligible to take STAAR
    Alternate if they are accessing the curriculum
    through prerequisite skills.

For high school students, these courses are
denoted by a special PEIMS code for each course
required on the MHSP.
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Step III Summarize Assessment Decisions
  • STAAR Modified
  • Indicate the subjects in which the student will
    take STAAR Modified if the eligibility criteria
    has been met.
  • This step was updated this year to include World
    History, which will be administered for the first
    time in spring 2013.
  • This step will be updated next year to include
    English III and U.S. History, which will be
    administered for the first time in spring 2014.
    If a student is enrolled in these courses in
    20122013 and receives modified instruction,
    eligibility for STAAR Modified should still be
    determined.
  • If the student meets participation requirements
    for STAAR Modified, the student will not be
    assessed since these tests are not available.
  • If the student does not meet participation
    requirements for STAAR Modified OR if eligibility
    is not determined for these courses, then the
    student will take STAAR.

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Step III Summarize Assessment Decisions
  • STAAR Modified continued
  • STAAR Modified assessments for Algebra II,
    chemistry, and physics will never be available
    because the courses are not required on the MHSP.
    However, eligibility for STAAR Modified should
    still be determined if a student is enrolled in
    these courses and receives modified instruction.
  • If the student meets participation requirements
    for STAAR Modified, the student will not be
    assessed since these tests are not available.
  • If the student does not meet participation
    requirements for STAAR Modified OR if eligibility
    is not determined for these courses, then the
    student will take STAAR.

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Step III Summarize Assessment Decisions
  • STAAR Alternate
  • The ARD committee should indicate the subject(s)
    or course(s) in which the student is enrolled and
    for which STAAR Alternate assessments will be
    given.
  • The ARD committee must ensure the assessment
    decision and accommodations needed to measure the
    students academic achievement have been
    documented in the students IEP. These
    accommodations will be the basis for the STAAR
    Alternate presentation supports, materials, and
    response modes provided during the assessment
    observation and recorded on page 1 of the
    documentation form.
  • The student will take STAAR Alternate for all
    required subjects or enrolled high school courses
    on the MHSP.

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  • The ARD committee is required to discuss the
    participation requirements, complete the
    State-Required Documentation Form, and file it in
    a designated place (not a required document in
    the IEP).
  • All assessment information must be communicated
    to campus testing coordinator in preparation for
  • statewide testing.

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Factors to Consider When Making Statewide
Assessment Decisions
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Student Success Initiative (SSI)
  • Multiple SSI administrations are listed on the
    2012-2013 testing calendar revised June 1, 2012.
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/cale
    ndars/
  • Districts will be notified when updated SSI
    material becomes available.
  • Consideration for special populations will be
    included in the new material districts will
    receive.

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Commissioners Rule on Substitute High School
Courses
  • TAC 89.1070(b)(3)
  • Districts are allowed to provide locally
    developed substitute courses for those required
    on the MHSP for some students receiving special
    education services.
  • The content of these locally developed substitute
    courses must be fully aligned to the TEKS for the
    courses they replace.
  • Students will be required to participate in an
    EOC assessment (general, modified, or alternate)
    for the course that has been substituted.

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Cumulative Score Requirement
  • For students receiving special education services
    who take STAAR EOC assessments
  • ARD committee determines whether or not student
    has to meet cumulative score requirement in order
    to graduate.
  • This decision has bearing on whether student can
    graduate on the DAP, RHSP, or MHSP.
  • Current legislation does not include a cumulative
    score requirement for students taking STAAR
    Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessments

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15 Grading Requirement
  • For students taking STAAR
  • The 2/22/12 To the Administrator Addressed letter
    regarding the 15 Grade Deferral applied only to
    the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Currently, the assumption is that the 15 grading
    requirement is in effect for the 2012-2013 school
    year.
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more
    information.
  • Under consideration is whether the 15 grading
    requirement applies to the 2012 December test
    administrations.
  • Districts are not required to count STAAR
    Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessment
    results as 15 of the students course grade
    since current legislation does not include this
    requirement for students taking a modified or
    alternate assessment.

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Graduation STAAR
  • You can access the external link to the Special
    Education Graduation Flowcharts from the ARD
    Committee Resources web page.
  • Review the presentation link that walks you
    through the flowchart.

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Graduation TAKS
  • Graduation flowcharts A and B are posted on the
    ARD Committee Resources web page under TAKS.
  • Flowchart A For students taking TAKS who entered
    grade 9 in 20082009 and thereafter.
  • Flowchart B For students taking TAKS who entered
    grade 9 prior to 20082009.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What if the assessment decision made at a
previous ARD meeting needs to be revised prior to
testing?
  • If the assessment decision made at a previous
    meeting needs to be revised, it must be based on
    a change in instruction.
  • There must be a difference in how the student
    accesses the grade-level or course curriculum.
  • Simply passing or failing a prior state
    assessment is not sufficient reason to justify
    revising the assessment decision in the IEP.

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2. What additional steps are needed to make
assessment decisions for ELLs receiving special
education services?
  • These students have special needs related to a
    disability as well as needs related to second
    language learning
  • The ARD committee and LPAC must
  • work together to ensure that instruction is
    tailored to meet each students special education
    and second language acquisition needs
  • collaborate on assessment and accommodation
    decisions and document the decisions
    appropriately (for ARD committee, in IEP for
    LPAC, document in students permanent record
    file)
  • More information on ARD committee and LPAC
    collaboration http//ritter.tea.state.tx.us/speci
    al.ed/guidance/ardlpac.html

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3. Can the ARD committee recommend assessments
and/or accommodations, regardless of TEA policy?
  • No. The ARD committees statewide assessment and
    accommodation decisions must be within the
    parameters set forth in federal and state
    requirements and guidance.
  • It is a testing violation to provide a
    nonallowable accommodation during a statewide
    assessment, and could result in the students
    test results being invalidated.

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4. Must the ARD committee address the STAAR
Modified and STAAR Alternate Participation
Requirements for all special education students?
  • No. The ARD committee should only address these
    participation requirements for students for whom
    STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate is being
    considered. Most special education students take
    the general assessment.

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5. Is the STAAR Modified science assessment
appropriate for a student when the IEP only
addresses reading skills, with no goals specific
to science?
  • No. The ARD committee is required to confirm that
    the students IEP contains standards-based
    (TEKS-based) goals indicating the modified
    content the student required in order to access
    the grade-level or course curriculum.

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6. If a student takes STAAR Modified in high
school but is dismissed from special education
before graduation, will the student now have to
take STAAR?
  • Yes. The student is now held to the same
    curriculum and assessment requirements as all
    other general education students.

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7. How do I use the modified and alternate high
school PEIMS codes?
  • Direct all specific PEIMS questions to TEAs
    Curriculum Division at 512-463-9581 or
    curriculum_at_tea.state.tx.us.
  • Use the new codes for ALL students receiving
    special education services and completing a
    course with modified or alternate content. This
    includes those students who are graduating under
    the TAKS requirements. For more information see
    the PEIMS Data Standards 2012-2013 Addendum, code
    table C022 at http//www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.as
    px?id2147505610.

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2012-2013 PEIMS Data Standards(high-school math
example)
Texas Education Agency's Student Assessment
Division
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8. A student was a 10th grader last year and is a
12th grader this year. He meets TAKSM
participation requirements for all subjects. What
tests does he take?
  • There is no TAKSM for 12th graders. Meeting the
    passing standard on a grade 11 TAKSM assessment
    is not considered a graduation requirement. For
    this reason, TAKSM grade 11 assessments are not
    called exit level tests. Since these are only
    grade-level assessments, they are not
    administered to students in grade 12. Therefore,
    a student who never took a grade 11 TAKSM
    assessment is still eligible for graduation if
    the ARD committee determines that all other
    curriculum and credit requirements under the MHSP
    are satisfied.

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9. If a high school student takes STAAR Modified
in some subjects, STAAR in others, and is
therefore on the MHSP, why would the ARD
committee determine that the student must
continue testing in STAAR to meet the cumulative
score requirement?
  • Making appropriate assessment decisions provides
    a clear picture of the students strengths and
    weaknesses.
  • The Academic Achievement Record should reflect
    the appropriate courses and assessments the
    student took.
  • If a student decides he/she wants to graduate on
    the DAP or RHSP, the cumulative score requirement
    for STAAR will have to be met in all required
    courses.

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10. Why would an ARD committee determine that a
student is eligible for STAAR Modified in Algebra
II, chemistry, or physics if no modified
assessment exists for these?
Texas Education Agency's Student Assessment
Division
  • TEC 39.025 (a) Students on MHSP are required to
    take assessments for courses for which they are
    enrolled and for which an EOC assessment exists.
  • Example If a student receiving special education
    services is enrolled in a modified Algebra II,
    chemistry, or physics course because he/she
    receives modified instruction, the ARD committee
    may determine that the student meets STAAR
    Modified participation requirements and he/she
    would not be assessed since STAAR Modified is not
    available for these courses.

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11. The MHSP requires students to take World
History or World Geography. What test does the
student take if he/she is enrolled in both
courses?
  • The student would take both the World History and
    the World Geography tests since students are
    required to take the assessments for courses for
    which they are enrolled and for which an EOC
    assessment exists.

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12. If a student is enrolled in a modified U.S.
History or English III course in the 20122013
school year, does that student have to take STAAR
Modified when it becomes available in 2014?
  • No. Students are required to take assessments for
    courses for which they are enrolled and for which
    an EOC assessment exists. If a student is
    enrolled in a modified U.S. History or English
    III course in the 20122013 school year, he/she
    will not be assessed since STAAR Modified does
    not exist for these courses.
  • Make sure the Participation Requirements reflect
    that the student is eligible to take STAAR
    Modified in these courses. If not, the student
    will have to take STAAR.

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13. Who takes STAAR Modified during the December
2012 administration?
  • Students who meet the participation requirements
    for STAAR Modified and who are completing
    coursework during the first semester for World
    Geography modified, Algebra I modified, English I
    modified, or Biology modified should be assessed
    with STAAR Modified during the December 2012
    administration.
  • STAAR Modified English II and Geometry will not
    be administered in December 2012.
  • It is not necessary for a student to take STAAR
    Modified in December 2012 if he/she failed a
    STAAR Modified EOC assessment or if he/she was
    absent in spring 2012 . According to federal and
    state regulations regarding graduating high
    school students, students who take a modified
    assessment are not held to the same graduation
    requirements as students who take the general
    assessment. Meeting the passing standard or a
    cumulative score requirement on a STAAR Modified
    EOC assessment is not a graduation requirement,
    so participating in additional testing
    opportunities is not necessary.

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Contact Information and Resources
  • Student Assessment Division
  • Phone (512) 463-9536
  • FAX (512) 463-9302
  • E-mail assessment.studentswithdisabilities_at_tea.s
    tate.tx.us
  • 2012-2013 Student Assessment Division TETN
    Schedule http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.asses
    sment/training/tetn-schedule/
  • Curriculum Division
  • Phone (512) 463-9581
  • Division of Federal and State Educational Policy
    (Special Education)
  • Phone (512) 463-9414
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