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1 TETN #10414August 11, Texas Education Agency’s Student Assessment Division

2 Disclaimer TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program2  These slides have been prepared and approved by the Student Assessment Division of the Texas Education Agency.  If any slide is amended or revised for use in local or regional trainings, please remove the TEA footer at the bottom of the slide.

3 Agenda  Training-Related Acronyms  ARD Committee Resources Web Page  Who takes what test?  The 4 Steps to Making Assessment Decisions  Participation Requirements  Factors to Consider When Making Assessment Decisions  TEA’s Student Assessment Division: Additional Resources 3TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

4 Training-Related Acronyms TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program4  ARD - Admission, Review, and Dismissal  DAP - Distinguished Achievement Program  ELL - English Language Learners  EOC - End-of-Course  IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  IEP - Individualized Education Program  LAT – TAKS linguistically accommodated testing  LEP - Limited English Proficiency  LPAC - Language Proficiency Assessment Committee  MHSP - Minimum High School Program  STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness  STAAR L - Linguistically accommodated version of STAAR  TAC - Texas Administrative Code  TAKS - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills  TAKS–Alt - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Alternate  TAKS–M - Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Modified  TEA - Texas Education Agency  TEKS - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills  TETN - Texas Education Telecommunication Network  PEIMS - Public Education Information Management System  RHSP - Recommended High School Program

5 ARD Committee Resources Web Page  The ARD Committee Manual will NOT be posted at this time  This training PowerPoint takes the place of the manual for now  Teacher tools and other helpful resources will be posted as soon as possible:  Assessment program comparison chart  List of required statewide assessments by grade level  Access to the grade-level curriculum document  TAKS–M versus STAAR Modified comparison chart  Graduation flowchart  Participation requirements  Frequently asked questions  Student scenarios 5TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

6 Who takes what test?

7 Who takes TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), and/or TAKS–M?  Students in grade 10, 11, or 12*  * TAKS and TAKS (Accommodated) exit level tests and retests are available for students in grade 12. TAKS–M is not considered an exit level test and is not available for students in grade 12.  The applicable exit level/grade 11 assessment for students repeating grade 9 is TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), or TAKS – M. However, TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), and TAKS – M grade 9 tests will not be available in 2011–2012. Students repeating grade 9 will not be assessed in 2011– TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

8 Who takes STAAR, STAAR Modified, and/or STAAR Alternate?  Students  in grades 3-8  entering grade 9  Students in grades 3 through 11 who are eligible for an alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards will take STAAR Alternate beginning in 2011–2012. TAKS–Alt will no longer be available.  It is important to note that there is no STAAR (Accommodated); however, eligible students will be allowed accommodations on STAAR.  Visit the Accommodations Resources web page for more information. 8TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

9 What Tests Do ELLs Receiving Special Education Services Take? TAKS Program  Same tests as on earlier TAKS slide, with addition of Grade 10 LAT for small number of LEP-exempt immigrant ELLs who receive special education services  For TAKS program, no changes to  LEP exemptions  LEP postponements for exit level  Participation requirements for unschooled asylees/refugees  More information in 2010–2011 LPAC Decision-Making Process for the Texas Assessment Program manual:

10 What Tests Do ELLs Receiving Special Education Services Take? STAAR Program  STAAR in English  STAAR in Spanish (grades 3-5)  STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate  STAAR L in English  STAAR L – linguistically accommodated STAAR tests for eligible ELLs  Available for math, science, and social studies, grade 3 and above, including EOC  No STAAR L forms of STAAR Modified but linguistic accommodations available for eligible ELLs who take STAAR Modified  STAAR L participation criteria to be somewhat different from TAKS LAT  Participation criteria to be in revised commissioner of education rules (proposed rules expected early fall)

11 What Tests Do ELLs Receiving Special Education Services Take? TELPAS Program  For ELLs grades K–12  Listening, speaking, reading, writing  Measures annual growth in English language acquisition  In very rare cases ARD committee and LPAC may determine that student should not be assessed in one or more domains due to student’s particular disability  More information in 2010–2011 LPAC Decision-Making Process for the Texas Assessment Program manual:

12 Reminders:  These students have special needs related to a disability as well as needs related to second language learning  The ARD committee and LPAC must work together to ensure that instruction is tailored to meet each student’s special education and second language acquisition needs collaborate on assessment and accommodation decisions and document the decisions appropriately (for ARD committee, in IEP; for LPAC, document in student’s permanent record file) More information on ARD committee and LPAC collaboration:

13 The 4 Steps to Making Assessment Decisions

14 1. Review the student’s present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP).  ARD committees should have a clear understanding of the student’s performance in the grade-level/course TEKS, including the student’s strengths, current areas of need, and accommodations, modifications, or supports the student has used. 14TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

15 2. Review the student’s instructional plan.  The instructional plan includes the accommodations, modifications, or supports the student will need in order to access the grade-level/course TEKS.  ARD committees should have a clear understanding of how the student will access the grade-level/course curriculum. This is the basis for making appropriate assessment decisions. 15TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

16 3. Determine the appropriate assessment for the student.  The ARD committee must understand  What statewide assessments are required and available (STAAR, STAAR Modified, STAAR Alternate, STAAR L, TAKS, TAKS (Accommodated), TAKS – M, LAT)  The assessed TEKS  The design and format of each statewide assessment  The state’s accommodation policies  The implications of taking a particular statewide assessment  Participation in the general assessment, STAAR, should be the first consideration when determining the appropriate assessment for a student.  If STAAR, with or without accommodations, is not appropriate for a student, ARD committee must review participation requirements for one of the alternate assessments 16TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

17  If the assessment decision made at a previous meeting needs to be revised, it must be based on a change in instruction.  There must be a difference in how the student accesses the grade-level or course curriculum.  Simply passing or failing a state assessment is not sufficient reason to justify revising the assessment decision in the IEP.  If the student is an ELL, additional ELL assessment provisions may apply. ARD committee and LPAC collaboration is required. 17TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

18 4. Document the assessment decision.  According to IDEA and The Legal Framework for the Child- Centered Special Education Process, when an alternate assessment is selected, ARD committee must document in IEP:  Statement of why student cannot participate in general assessment with or without allowable accommodations  Statement of why an alternate assessment is appropriate for student, including evidence from IEP that confirms that answer to each of the questions for STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate is Yes or that all criteria for TAKS-M has been met  List of testing accommodations consistent with state accommodation policies posted on Accommodations Resources web page  For accommodations that require TEA approval through submission of an Accommodation Request Form, document “pending TEA approval” 18TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

19  For STAAR Alternate, the teacher will plan the specific supports, materials, and response modes based on the routinely used accommodations documented in the student’s IEP. The individualized preplanning that is required to be documented on page one of the state- required documentation form will become the allowable accommodations that must be used during the observation.  All assessment information must be communicated to campus testing coordinator in preparation for statewide testing 19TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

20 Participation Requirements

21 TAKS–M Participation Requirements TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program21  To be used only for students in grades 10 and 11 during the school year  New format but same eligibility criteria as previous years  References to TAKS–Alt criteria replaced with actual text  Posted on TAKS–M Resources web page  Look for document with “Updated Summer 2011” in footer

22 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program22

23 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  To be used for students in grades 3 through 8 and students entering grade 9 during the school year  State-required documentation form  Should be completed by district staff from ARD committee  Must be retained for each student who takes an alternate assessment  Can be filed  at campus level  in IEP (although not a required part of IEP)  Three steps to determine if a modified assessment is appropriate for a student 23 TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

24 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  Step I: Eligibility Criteria  Understand all assessment options  Circle the subjects/courses for which STAAR Modified is being considered  Circle NA, not applicable, for subjects/courses that do not apply to the student  Subjects/courses for which STAAR Modified is not being considered  Subjects that are not tested at the student’s grade or courses that the student is not enrolled in for the school year under consideration 24TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

25 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  For each subject/course for which STAAR Modified is being considered, answer Yes or No to 3 questions: 25TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

26 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements 26TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

27 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements 27TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

28 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  Each Yes answer requires a justification. What page(s) of the IEP contains evidence that the student meets that criterion?  If the answer to all 3 questions for each subject/course is Yes, the student is eligible to participate in STAAR Modified for that subject/course. Go on to Step II.  If the answer to any question is No, the student is not eligible to participate in STAAR Modified for that subject/course and must participate in one of the other statewide assessments. 28TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

29 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  Step II: Discuss Assurances  If an alternate assessment is selected, the ARD must discuss:  Why general assessment is not appropriate  Decision is based on multiple sources of evidence, not solely on previous statewide assessment scores  Decision is made by ARD, not administratively  Decision is based on student’s educational need, not disability category, racial or economic background, absences, or time/location of service delivery 29TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

30 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  For elementary and middle school students, instructional and assessment decisions made now may impact a student’s graduation options in high school  For a student taking EOC assessments, the student is enrolled in a course with a PEIMS number that indicates coursework is modified  Modified coursework = MHSP = no automatic admission into a Texas 4- year university 30TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

31 STAAR Modified Participation Requirements  Step III: Summarize Assessment Decisions  Indicate the subject/course for which the student has met the eligibility criteria for STAAR Modified.  STAAR Modified tests for English III, World History, and U.S. History are not available for the school year. If a student is eligible for these assessments, he/she will not test this school year.  Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics will not be assessed with STAAR Modified. If a student is eligible for these assessments, he/she will not test this school year. 31TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

32 Some questions we know you will eventually ask: TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program32

33 1. Why would an ARD committee determine that a student is eligible for STAAR Modified in Algebra II, chemistry, or physics if no modified assessment exists for these?  TEC § (a) Students on MHSP are required to take assessments for courses for which they are enrolled and for which an EOC assessment exists.  EXAMPLE  If a student receiving special education services is enrolled in a general Algebra II, chemistry, or physics class, he/she would take STAAR because the education code says that a student must take an assessment if it exists for that course.  If a student receiving special education services is enrolled in a modified Algebra II, chemistry, or physics class because he/she receives modified instruction, the ARD committee may determine that the student meets STAAR Modified participation requirements and he/she would not be assessed since STAAR Modified is not available for these courses. 33TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

34 2. Does the ARD committee have to reconvene if they determined that a student will take STAAR Modified during the school year prior to these new participation requirements being posted?  In all cases, the school must informally review (not an ARD meeting) the new participation requirements and determine if each student is eligible to take the modified assessment.  If the student DOES meet the new participation requirements, an additional ARD meeting does not have to be scheduled. Simply update the IEP with the new requirements at the next regularly scheduled ARD meeting.  If the student DOES NOT meet the new participation requirements, an additional ARD meeting will have to be scheduled to discuss a change in the assessment decision. 34TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

35 STAAR Alternate Participation Requirements  Same eligibility criteria questions that were used for TAKS-Alt:  Does the student have a significant cognitive disability?  Note: A significant cognitive disability limits the student’s potential to reach grade-level expectations; whereas, a student with a learning disability has the potential to reach grade-level expectations, but has difficulty doing so as a result of the disability.  Does the student require specialized supports to access the grade-level curriculum and environment?  Does the student require intensive, individualized instruction in a variety of settings? 35TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

36 STAAR Alternate Participation Requirements  Does the student access and participate in the grade-level TEKS through prerequisite skills?  Note: A student who accesses the grade-level TEKS through modified instruction should not be designated for STAAR Alternate.  Does the student primarily demonstrate knowledge and skills through performance tasks?  New STAAR Alternate Participation Requirements posted on STAAR Alternate Resources page 8/8/11  Includes high school course selections with PEIMS codes  More information regarding ARD process for determining STAAR Alternate high school assessments provided at 9/7/11 TETN beginning at 1:00pm. 36TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

37 Factors to Consider When Making Assessment Decisions

38 Commissioner’s Rule Change on Substitute High School Courses  OLD POLICY – NO LONGER ALLOWED  Some students receiving special education services could take locally developed courses that counted for credit toward completion of the requirements for the MHSP if an ARD committee determined that the state-approved course was not appropriate.  These locally developed courses were not required to be aligned to the TEKS for the state-required courses.  To be in compliance with federal law, all students must participate in the assessment system; therefore, without a change in policy regarding locally developed courses, students at the high school level would likely not be assessed or be assessed on curriculum to which they may not have sufficient access. 38TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

39  NEW POLICY = TAC § (b)(3)  Districts will be allowed to continue providing locally developed substitute courses for some students receiving special education services for the courses listed on the MHSP.  The content of these locally developed substitute courses must be fully aligned to the TEKS for the courses they replace.  Students will be required to participate in an EOC assessment (general, modified, or alternate) for the course that has been substituted. 39TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program Commissioner’s Rule Change on Substitute High School Courses

40 15% of Course Grade  Applies to students entering grade 9 taking STAAR end-of- course (EOC) assessments  A student’s score on a STAAR EOC will account for 15 percent of the student’s final grade in the course.  A student can retake any STAAR EOC assessment for any reason, but a school district is not required to use a student’s score on subsequent administrations to determine the student’s final grade for that course.  In Texas, grading policies are determined and implemented at the district level, and TEA does not have the authority to mandate district grading policies that would govern how students’ final grades are determined.  Districts are not required to count STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessment results as 15% of the student’s course grade since current legislation does not include this requirement for students taking a modified or alternate assessment. 40TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

41 Cumulative Score Requirements  For entering grade 9 students receiving special education services who take STAAR EOC assessments  ARD committee determines whether or not student has to meet cumulative score requirement in order to graduate.  This decision has bearing on whether student can graduate on Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), Recommended High School Program (RHSP), or MHSP.  Current legislation does not include a cumulative score requirement for students taking STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessments 41TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

42 Student Success Initiative (SSI)  Since performance (passing) standards for grades 3-8 will not be established until October 2012, pass/fail performance on the assessment will not be provided.  So there will not be retest opportunities (May and June administrations) for grades 5 and 8 reading and mathematics in  Districts will use other relevant academic information to make promotion/retention decisions.  Recommendation of the student’s teacher  Student’s grade in the subject  Any other necessary academic information, as determined by the district  More information will be posted at a later date. 42TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

43 Graduation  STAAR  Graduation flowchart for students receiving special education services who entered grade 9 in (and thereafter) posted on the ARD Committee Resources web page  Additional training will be provided throughout the year to address questions and comments that educators have e- mailed to  TAKS  Graduation flowcharts A and B for students repeating grade 9 and in grades are updated and also posted on the ARD Committee Resources web page 43TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program

44 TEA’s Student Assessment Division: Additional Resources TEA 8/11/11 ARD Committee Training for the Texas Assessment Program44  Phone: (512)  FAX: (512)   TETN Schedule: etn-schedule/ etn-schedule/


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