EOC Accommodated

What is it? Who qualifies? How can we prepare our students?

What do you already know?

In a small group, please sort the pink cards into two groups, "STAAR A: Real or Not Real."

What makes a student eligible to take STAAR A?

What do the instructional accommodations actually look like in my classroom?

  • Examples of replicating the STAAR A eligibility instructional accommodations
  • Use of technology to allow students access to oral accommodations

So how did it go last year?

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How did you prepare your students for this test last year?

  • How did you address the new level of rigor?
  • How did you address the fact that this test is on a computer?
  • What worked? What didn't work?

What can we do to help prepare our students for the test this year?

Pearson is no longer responsible for managing the STAAR A test. ETS has been awarded the contract for almost all STAAR assessments. ETS contracted a specific organization to create the online platform in October 2015. Therefore, no online practice site exists as of yet. TEA has announced that a practice site will become available in January. (Click here to see examples of what it looked like last year.)
  • Providing authentic opportunities for students to access computers during classroom instruction. (How do you solve math problems if you do not have a paper copy of the problem in front of you? How do you use your reading strategies if the text is on a computer screen? How do you complete all stages of the writing process if all you have is a computer and a piece of scratch paper?)
  • Math has access to online learning opportunities: Think Through Math and Big Ideas online text.
  • Providing multiple opportunities to navigate the online practice system once it opens in January. (It is a good idea to allow your students to access the middle school version as well the high school version.)
  • Ongoing formative assessments to determine student gaps in on-grade level knowledge and skills with data driven interventions.
  • DMAC and Schoolnet have the ability to create and deliver online teacher created assessments.
  • Adobe will allow you to add text support pop-up boxes to "clarify or reword" text.
  • Pre-accommodate reading passages that you know are above your students' reading levels by adding pictures, definitions (in the margin), and bold text to draw student attention to important details.
  • Activate text-to-speech controls or extensions to allow students to independently listen to text.
  • Routine use of supports like supplemental aids to support memory retention of very complex TEKS.

For ongoing support please contact:

Liz Nix

Special Education Curriculum Specialist