STAAR: What are the Allowable Accommodations?

So, now that we have covered how an accommodation is defined and we have learned about who is eligible to receive accommodations, let’s talk about the accommodations that your student can actually receive on the STARR test?

Here is a list of allowable accommodations that can be implemented through the appropriate campus committee:

  • Individualized Structured Reminders – This accommodation allows a test administrator to provide a student with a disability individualized structured reminders to stay on task beyond what is required or allowed for any student. Examples of this include: Paperclips of sticky notes to divide test into sections, more or less frequent reminders of time left, personal clock or timer set to remind a student to move on to the next question/page/section, or index cards that have handwritten color coded reminders to continue working.
  • Amplification Devices – This accommodation reduces the interference of background noise and the effect of distance between a speaker and a student whose disability affects hearing or focus in a large group setting.
  • Projection Devices – This accommodation allows for enlarging text, graphics, or the display on a computer monitor for a student with a disability.
  • Manipulating Test Materials – This accommodation allows the test administrator to physically manipulate test materials, online tools, and equipment for a student with a disability who is unable to do so independently. Examples of this include: turning test booklet pages for a student, using the mouse to navigate the pages in an online assessment, highlight per student directions and positioning the ruler per student directions.
  • Oral Administration – This accommodation allows test materials to be read aloud to a student with a disability. On the math, science, writing, and social studies STARR tests, test questions, answer choices, and required reference materials can be read aloud. For the reading test, the reading passages may not be read aloud.
  • Spelling Assistance – This accommodation provides various types of spelling assistance for a student who has a disability that affects spelling. Some examples include: a frequently misspelled word list, spell check function on a word processor, pocket spell checker, word prediction software, text to speech software or devices, or speech to text software.
  • Math Manipulatives – Examples of this are real or play money, clock, base ten blocks, counters, fraction pieces, grade appropriate geometric figures and algebra tiles.
  • Calculator – can be regular, scientific, graphing, large key, or an audio or speech output calculator.
  • Transcribing – This accommodation allows a test administrator to transfer student responses onto an answer document. The student can circle or point in the test book. They can dictate responses for multiple choice questions or short answer questions.
  • Supplemental Aids – These are paper baed resources that assist a student with a disability in recalling information. They can include things like graphic organizers, math charts, list of grammar and mechanics rules, and even a list of mnemonic devices for s specific subject (order of operations in math PEMDAS).
  • Extra Time – This accommodation allows a student with a disability to have extra time until the end of the school day to complete a state assessment.
  • Large Print – This accommodation provides a student with enlarged test materials when he or she has a disability that limits the ability to effectively access test materials in standard print size.
  • Dictionary – This accommodation facilitates comprehension of unfamiliar words and provides spelling assistance for a student with a disability. This can be a standard dictionary/thesaurus, electronic dictionary, or even a picture dictionary.

The following accommodations are also available but an accommodation request must first be submitted to TEA for approval by the appropriate campus committee.

  • Complex Transcribing – This accommodation allows a test administrator to record onto an answer document a student’s dictated responses to the writing prompts when they are unable due to their disability.
  • Math Scribe – This accommodation allows a test administrator to record a student’s dictated mathematics scratch work and computations when a disabling condition prevents the student from accomplishing this task independently.
  • Photocopying Test Materials – This accommodation may include enlarging the printed test materials to a size larger than the state-supplied, large print materials or photocopying the double sided test materials into a single sided sheet.
  • Extra Day – This accommodation allows an extra day to complete the state assessment
  • Other – Accommodations that fall into this category are only for students with disabilities who have unique needs that are not specifically addressed in the list of accommodations.
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