• Texas Education Agency  Links

    Accommodations Resources 2018-2019 - TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information.

    STAAR-Alternate 2 Resources - TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.

    STAAR Mathematics Resources - This webpage contains STAAR resources for grades 3–8 mathematics, Algebra I, and Algebra II assessments. 

    STAAR Reading Resources (Grades 3-8) - This webpage contains STAAR resources for grades 3-8 reading assessments.

    STAAR Science Resources - This webpage contains STAAR resources for grades 5 and 8 science, and biology assessments.

    STAAR Social Studies Resources - This webpage contains STAAR resources for grade 8 social studies and U.S. History assessments.

    STAAR Writing and English I, II, III Resources - This webpage contains STAAR resources for grades 4 and 7 writing, English I, English II, and English III assessments.


  • Notice to Parents of Students with Disabilities Regarding 5th or 8th Grade students Receiving Special Education Services

    The 85th Texas Legislature recently passed legislation (HB 657) which pertains to students who receive special education services under Texas Education Code, Chapter 29, subchapter A.

    All students taking state assessment (STAAR), including students receiving special education services, are subject to grade-advancement requirements and participation in an accelerated instruction program. However, HB 657 requires the Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee to make decisions regarding both grade placement and participation in an accelerated instruction program in certain circumstances.

    HB 657 states that if a 5th or 8th grade student receiving special education services does not perform satisfactorily on STAAR in reading or mathematics, the ARD committee must meet prior to the second administration of the test.  The ARD committee must determine the manner in which the student will participate in an accelerated instruction program and whether the student will be promoted or retained.

    When deciding between promotion and retention, the ARD committee may promote the student if the student made sufficient progress on the measurable academic goals in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), despite not performing satisfactorily on the reading or mathematics STAAR test. If promoted, the school district is not required to provide the student additional opportunities to perform satisfactorily on the STAAR test.  The ARD committee may recommend that even though the student is being promoted based on IEP progress, completion of the 2nd administration may or may not be recommended and the 3rd administration and attendance in summer school may or may not be recommended.

    Additional information regarding promotion can be found in the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Manual, which can be accessed online at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ssi/.

    If you have questions, please contact: your campus diagnostician or Dr. Sonya Durrwachter, Director of Special Education, at sdurrwachter@calallen.org or 361-242-5600.