STAAR:Allowed Procedures &Materials
Procedures/materials that are NOT considered Accommodations
Did you know that there are procedures and materials that will provide support to students when they take the STAAR test?
So what are those procedures and materials that ALL students can use? They are listed below. If you have any questions, please see your campus testing coordinator.
Blank place marker
Highlighters, colored pencils, or crayons
Please note... they need to know how to use those tools--use those tools on a regular basis. They can each support student achievement. Scratch Paper...students can be taught how to draw a graphic organizer so that they can plan as they write. For math, they can draw a number line or fraction pieces. A Blank Place Marker... this can be an index card or even a sticky note. They can use this to make notes on as they are reading... and it also helps them with focusing and not loosing their place as they read.
A Magnifying Device... this one is really unique and not a normal tool for students to use. However, they are available. There are different types...some cover the whole page and other just cover a few lines. Finally, Highlighters... great tool if students use them intentionally. For them to be used intentionally, they need to be shown how they can support learning...for example, they can highlight a key word in a math question that helps them understand what operation that they need to use.
Tools to minimize distractions...
Velcro! A small piece of velcro placed right under the desk or table that the student uses can help them if they need to fidget while working.
A Small Pom-Pom! They are sold at Walmart and are super cheap! They are tiny and can be used as a small fidget toy for them to hold while working...and they won't bother anyone because they do not make any noise!
What about headphones (not plugged in to anything)? Not many students would agree to use them because of the attention they would provide...but maybe if students understood the benefits of wearing them and they were available to all students throughout the year? or maybe if you had a quiet reading time and you wore them for a few minutes to model? We know...that might work for 3rd grade students. Just something to think about...
Reminding students to stay on task
Elementary students will probably test with their teachers...so they should be used to the cues. Middle school and high school students may not necessarily have one of their teachers as an administrator, but should still be used to be reminded staying on task, if needed.
What are the verbal, physical or visual cues that you use to encourage student to remain on task? We all know how important it is for the student to be engaged in their learning and on the task that they are completing. Do they know why it is important?
Remember the tests are timed and it is our job to keep them on task during instruction and on testing days.
Individual and small group instruction
Allowing the student to read the test aloud to facilitate comprehension
1. A whisper phone (most kids find this a little troublesome because they have to hold it up for so long)
2. Ear plugs/Earbuds (if a student puts earplugs/earbuds in and then BARELY whispers to him/herself, it sounds like they are talking loudly)
Help with directions...
Directions may also be signed for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Also, the writing prompt may be read aloud or signed to any student that requests it be read. It may not be translated as it is the writing prompt and not directions.
3rd Grade Math Teachers--READING ASSISTANCE can be provided to ALL kids
More Information...and more training coming!
There will be more training later in the year, but if you have any questions...SISD's testing coordinators are AWESOME so you can ask them and they can help. Also...we have embedded a link to TEA's website if you would like to take a look around at the Accommodation Resource page.