Now that we have covered exactly what an accommodation is, how do you know if your student is eligible to receive any? Well, your student can have accommodations on the STAAR test if:
- He/She has been diagnosed with a disability and is receiving special education services and meets eligibility requirements for certain accommodations.
- He/She has been diagnosed with a disability and is receiving support through the 504 program and meets eligibility requirements for certain accommodations.
- He/She has been diagnosed with a disability and meets established criteria for certain accommodations but do not receive support under 504 or special education.
Accommodation decisions are made by the ARD committee (special education), the 504 placement committee, or the RTI team for students not served by 504 or special education. The decision to use an accommodation during a state assessment should be made on an individual student basis and take into consideration the needs of a student and wether the student routinely receives the accommodation during classroom instruction and classroom testing. Routine accommodation use, as defined by theTEA, results in 2 important outcomes.
- The student has used the accommodation often enough during classroom instruction and testing that he or she is able to use it independently during the state assessment. Independent accommodation use is applicable to some accommodations (ex. calculator) but not to others (ex. oral administration).
- The accommodation has proven to be effective in meeting the student’s specific needs, as evidence by the student scores or teacher observations with and without accommodation use.
So, in summary, if your student has a diagnosed disability and has an accommodation that has been used on a regular basis during the school year and that accommodation has been shown to be effective, then they are eligible to receive that same accommodation on the STAAR test!
Next up: What are the approved accommodations on the STAAR test?