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Goose Creek CISD Special Education 2012 - 2013. Districtwide Staff Development Conference February 15, 2013. STAAR Accommodations. An Overview and Update of TEA’s Policies. presenters. Goose Creek Memorial Feeder: Pauline Timmons- Brown, Coordinator Sterling Feeder:

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Goose Creek CISD

Special Education

2012 - 2013

Districtwide Staff Development Conference

February 15, 2013


An overview and update of tea s policies

STAAR Accommodations

An Overview and Update of TEA’s Policies


presenters

Goose Creek Memorial Feeder:

Pauline Timmons- Brown, Coordinator

Sterling Feeder:

Carmen Figueroa, Coordinator

Mandie Yasso, Diagnostician

Lee Feeder:

Kelley Watt, Coordinator

Belinda Williams, Diagnostician


Today s five norms
Today’s Five Norms

  • Make yourself comfortable – take a break if you need it.

  • Set aside and silence all electronics.

  • Take full advantage of being together today by being an active participant.

  • Creating a safe environment is key to sharing concerns and challenges.

  • Enjoy the Session!


Please Note:This training does NOT take the place of reading the appropriate manuals.





Learning objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Specific Accommodations Policies

  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • The Accommodations Triangle

  • Policy Changes


Resource
Resource

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/


Specific accommodation policies

Specific Accommodation Policies


Who might need an accommodation
Who Might Need an Accommodation?

For purposes of statewide assessments, a student needing accommodations due to a disability includes:

  • A student with an identified disability who receives special education services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations;

  • A student with an identified disability who receives Section 504 services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations;

  • A student with a disabling condition who does not receive special education or Section 504 services but meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations.


Who determines need
Who Determines Need?

  • For students receiving special education services, the IEP committee;

  • For students receiving Section 504 services, Section 504 placement committee;

  • Where a student does not receive services but meets eligibility criteria because of a disabling condition, the decision is made by an appropriate team at the campus level.

  • Applies to students taking STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR Modified, STAAR L, and TELPAS.


Optional test administration procedures and materials
Optional Test Administration Procedures and Materials

  • Some procedures and materials that have been “testing accommodations” in previous years will now be considered “Optional Test Administration Procedures and Materials”

  • Available to any student who needs them

  • Not intended for every student in a class or disability category

  • Related to best practices for instruction

  • Used during the statewide assessment but is not recorded on student’s answer document


Examples of optional test administration procedures and materials
Examples of Optional Test Administration Procedures and Materials

  • Reading the test aloud to self

  • Colored overlays

  • Blank place markers

  • Preferential seating

  • Scratch paper

  • Magnifying devices

  • Special lighting

  • Highlighters / colored pencils

  • Signed directions

  • Minimize distractions

  • Reading assistance for Grade 3 Math



Utilizing accommodations
Utilizing Accommodations Materials

The use of accommodations should be occurring in the classroom on a daily basis.


What accommodations are
What Accommodations Are Materials

  • Are changes to instructional materials, procedures, or techniques that are made on an individual basis and allow a student with a disability to participate in grade-level or course instruction and testing.

  • Should be evaluated regularly to determine effectiveness and to help plan for accommodations the student will need each year.


What accommodations are not
What Accommodations Are Not Materials

  • Are NOT changes to the content being assessed and should not replace the teaching of subject-specific knowledge and skills as outlined in the TEKS.

  • Should NOT be provided to an entire group of students, such as those in the same class or with the same disability.


Accommodations are
Accommodations Are . . . Materials

  • Changes to instructional materials, procedures, or techniques that allow a student with a disability to participate meaningfully in grade-level or course instruction;

  • Should be effective in allowing a student access to the TEKS;

  • Must be individualized for each student;

  • Intended to reduce the effect of a student’s disability;

  • Should be routinely used during classroom instruction and testing;

  • May be appropriate for classroom use but may not be appropriate or allowed for use on a statewide assessment;

  • Should be documented in the appropriate student paperwork;

  • Should be evaluated regularly to determine effectiveness.


Accommodations are not
Accommodations Are Not . . . Materials

  • Necessary for every student;

  • Changes to the performance criteria of an assignment or assessment;

  • Changes to the content being assessed and should not replace the teaching of subject-specific knowledge and skills as outlined in the TEKS;

  • Should not be provided to an entire group of students;

  • Intended to provide a student with a disability an advantage;

  • Should not be provided to a student without evidence of effectiveness from year to year.


Using accommodations on statewide assessments
Using Accommodations on Statewide Assessments Materials

  • Accommodations provided to students during classroom instruction and testing may differ from those allowed for use on statewide assessments;

  • Should not discourage the use of appropriate accommodations during instruction;

  • Opportunity to learn verses measuring mastery of state-mandated curriculum.


The accommodation triangle

The MaterialsAccommodation Triangle


Testing accommodations
Testing Accommodations Materials

  • After determining the instructional accommodations that are effective for a student, determine whether the accommodation(s) are allowed on a statewide assessment.

  • The Accommodation Triangle organizes accommodations for students with disabilities by type in accordance with the specificity of the eligibility criteria and the need for TEA approval.

  • The accommodation type is recorded on the student’s answer document.



Defining routinely independently and effectively
Defining “Routinely, Independently and Effectively” Materials

  • Routinely

    -Used often enough that student is familiar and comfortable using accommodation on a statewide assessment

    -Not necessarily used every day

  • Independently

    -Only applicable to some accommodations (e.g., applies to use of a calculator but not to an oral administration)

  • Effectively

    -Accommodation meets student needs as evidenced by scores and observations with or without accommodation use


Type 1 accommodations
Type 1 Accommodations Materials

1

  • Available to students who have a specific need;

  • For students who routinely, independently, and effectively use the accommodation during classroom instruction and testing;

  • It is not necessary to submit an Accommodation Request Form to TEA;

  • Examples include:

    • Individual or small-group administration

    • Reminders to stay on task

    • Amplification devices

    • Projection devices


Type 2 accommodations
Type 2 Accommodations Materials

2

  • Includes the requirements of Type 1, along with specific eligibility criteria;

  • It is not necessary to submit an Accommodation Request Form to TEA;

  • Examples include:

    • Spelling assistance

    • Math manipulatives

    • Calculation devices

    • Supplemental aids

    • Extra time

    • Large print

    • Dictionary


Type 3 accommodations
Type 3 Accommodations Materials

3

  • Requires the submission of an Accommodation Request Form to TEA;

  • Determined by the appropriate team at the campus level (e.g., ARD committee, Section 504 placement committee, RTI team, student assistance team);

  • Student must meet ALL eligibility criteria listed;

  • Examples include:

    • Transcribing

    • Photocopy

    • Extra Day



Supplemental aids
Supplemental Aids Materials

Supplemental aids are paper-based resources that assist a student in recalling information.

For a student who meets the eligibility criteria, this accommodation may be used on

STAAR

STAAR Spanish

STAAR Modified

STAAR L

Description of Accommodation

Assessments


A student may use this accommodation if he or she Materials

receives special education services,

routinely, independently, and effectively uses this accommodation during classroom instruction and testing, and

has a disability that affects memory retrieval, focus, or organization that is severe enough to prevent him or her from learning and retaining information as effectively as non-disabled peers despite multiple opportunities to learn, varied instructional strategies, and high-quality instruction.

Student Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility criteria clarification
Eligibility Criteria Clarification Materials

If the eligibility criteria looks similar to this…

…then the student must meet ALL of the criteria listed

“and” means that ALL lines with a check box must be true

Texas Education Agency Fall 2012


Eligibility criteria clarification1
Eligibility Criteria Clarification Materials

If the eligibility criteria looks like this

Then the student must meet ALL of the first few bullets

AND

ONE of last few bullets.

Texas Education Agency Fall 2012


TEA 12/2011 Materials


Examples of supplemental aids
Examples of Supplemental Aids Materials

  • Only the following supplemental aids listed are allowed for eligible students:

    • Mnemonic Devices (all subjects)

    • Blank Graphic Organizers (all subjects)

    • Math Charts (mathematics)

    • Graphics & Pictorial Models (mathematics)

    • Grammar & Mechanics Rules (written composition)

    • Graphics (science / social studies)

  • No accommodation request form is required;

  • There is no special request process for additional supplemental aids.


Mnemonic devices
Mnemonic Devices Materials

  • Mnemonic devices may be used for ALL subjects.

  • A mnemonic device is a learning technique that assists with memory. Only mnemonic devices that are acronyms or phrases based on an acronym should be used. The subject-specific words that the mnemonic represents are NEVER allowed.


All subjects mnemonic devices
All Subjects: Mnemonic Devices Materials

KPCOFGS

or

King

Philip

Came

Over

For

Good

Spaghetti

PEMDAS

or

Please

Excuse

My

Dear

Aunt

Sally

DMSB

or

Dad

Mother

Sister

Brother

TEA 12/2011


All subjects mnemonic devices1
All Subjects: Mnemonic Devices Materials

Kingdom

Phylum

Class

Order

Family

Genus

Species

Parentheses Exponents Multiplication Division

Addition Subtraction

Divide

Multiply

Subtract

Bring down

TEA 12/2011


Blank graphic organizers
Blank Graphic Organizers Materials

  • Blank graphic organizers may be used for ALL subjects.

  • Blank graphic organizers should NEVER contain titles, words, labels, colors used as labels, pictures, acronyms, mnemonics, numbers, symbols, or variables.


All subjects blank graphic organizers
All Subjects: Blank Graphic Organizers Materials

1&2

Group 2

Group 1

TEA 12/2011




Mathematics
Mathematics Materials

  • Addition charts may be used.

  • The addition chart must be a grid used to find the sum, not a list of addition facts. Each axis may be numbered up to 9, but no higher than 9. Indicating special numbers (e.g., highlighting or circling even numbers within the body of the chart) is NEVER allowed.


Mathematics addition charts
Mathematics: Addition Charts Materials

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 2 = 4

3 + 3 = 6

4 + 4 = 8

5 + 5 = 10

6 + 6 = 12

7 + 7 = 14

8 + 8 = 16

9 + 9 = 18

10 + 10 = 20

TEA 12/2011


Mathematics1
Mathematics Materials

  • Multiplication charts may be used.

  • The multiplication chart must be a grid used to find the product, not a list of multiplication facts. Each axis may be numbered up to 12, but no higher than 12. Indicating special numbers (e.g., highlighting or circling perfect squares within the body of the chart) is NEVER allowed.


Mathematics: Multiplication MaterialsCharts

1 x 0 = 0 2 x 0 = 0

1 x 1 = 1 2 x 1 = 2

1 x 2 = 2 2 x 2 = 4

1 x 3 = 3

X

X

TEA 12/2011


Mathematics2
Mathematics Materials

  • A 100 chart may be used.

  • Indicating special numbers (e.g., highlighting or circling prime numbers within the body of the chart) is NEVER allowed.


Mathematics 100 chart
Mathematics: 100 Chart Materials

TEA 12/2011


Mathematics3
Mathematics Materials

  • A place value chart may be used.

  • Words for place value labels and a decimal point are allowed only if they are grade-appropriate. Including numbers as specific examples is NEVER allowed.


Mathematics place value chart
Mathematics: Place Value Chart Materials

7 1 . 2

TEA 12/2011


Mathematics4
Mathematics Materials

  • Pictorial models of fraction bars or fraction circles may be used.

  • The models may be labeled to show each individual fraction, but they should NEVER show equivalencies or a cumulative sequence.



Mathematics5
Mathematics Materials

  • Pictorial models of one-, two-, and three-dimensional figures may be used.

  • The figures may NEVER contain titles, words, labels, colors used as labels, acronyms, mnemonics, numbers, symbols, or variables.

  • A pictorial model of a geometric figure may be provided in either three-dimensional form or two-dimensional form (net), but NOT in both forms.


Mathematics pictorial models of geometric figures
Mathematics: Pictorial Models of Geometric Figures Materials

TRIANGLE

vertex

TEA 12/2011


Mathematics pictorial models of geometric figures1
Mathematics: Pictorial Models of Geometric Figures Materials

NOT 3-D and 2-D on the same aid

OR

TEA 12/2011


Written composition
Written Composition Materials

  • A list of grade-appropriate grammar and mechanics rules may be used.

  • This list may NEVER contain any specific examples.




Science
Science Materials

  • Graphics of scientific concepts may be used.

  • The graphics should NEVER contain titles, words, labels, colors used as labels, acronyms, mnemonics, numbers, symbols, or variables.




Science1
Science Materials

  • Formula triangles representing relationships between variables may be used.

  • Only formulas that appear on the appropriate state-supplied reference materials may be represented. The triangles may only include variables. Symbols for mathematical operations (e.g., x, ÷) are NEVER allowed.


Science: Formula Triangles Materials

Work = (force)(distance)

Density = mass/volume

W

m

F

d

D

V

mass

Work

÷

density

volume

X

distance

force

TEA 12/2011


Social studies
Social Studies Materials

  • Blank maps may be used.

  • Blank maps should NEVER contain titles, words, labels, colors used a labels, pictures, acronyms, mnemonics, numbers, symbols, or variables. A student could use both physical and political world or U.S. maps.

  • In addition, unlabeled maps that represent historic events may be used (e.g., an unlabeled map that represents the stages of U.S. territorial expansion).


Social studies blank maps
Social Studies: Blank Maps Materials

TEA 12/2011


Social studies blank maps1
Social Studies: Blank Maps Materials

TEA 12/2011


Social studies1
Social Studies Materials

  • Timelines may be used if they contain only dates.

  • Labeling the events connected with those dates in any way is NEVER allowed.


Social studies timelines
Social Studies: Timelines Materials

TEA 12/2011


Special considerations
Special Considerations Materials

  • If the use of an accommodation is distracting to other students or compromises the security of the test, an individual administration is required.

  • Colors may be used in a supplemental aid to enhance readability or improve tracking, but may never be used as a label.

  • Pictures may be used in pictorial models of geometric figures and graphics of scientific concepts, but not in other supplemental aids.

  • Using a supplemental aid as an accommodation during classroom instruction and testing should not replace the teaching of subject-specific skills as outlined in the TEKS.

TEA 12/2011


Special considerations1
Special MaterialsConsiderations

  • The student must be able to understand the information that the supplemental aid provides and simply need assistance recalling the concepts.

  • The test administrator may not remind the student to use the supplemental aid or explain to the student the information included on the supplemental aid.

  • The supplemental aid must be factual and error-free.

  • The supplemental aid must be concise and well organized so that a student can easily access the information.

  • If a student writes on the supplemental aid while taking the statewide assessment, the supplemental aid must be destroyed after testing.

TEA 12/2011


New accommodation policy
New Accommodation Policy Materials

TEA TETN #14294


Mathematics scribe
Mathematics Scribe Materials

  • Type 3

  • Requires ARF if the student meets all of the eligibility criteria listed

  • Last year it was considered under the “Other” category

  • Allows a test administrator to record a student’s dictated scratch work and computations when a disabling condition prevents the student from accomplishing this task independently.

  • Applies to all math and science tests

TEA TETN #14294


Mathematics scribe1
Mathematics Scribe Materials

  • Summary of Eligibility

    • Routinely and effectively uses this accommodation

    • Unable to independently and effectively use scratch paper or a calculator

    • Temporary or permanent physically disabling condition or impairment in vision

  • The eligibility criteria describes a student with a significant physical disability. Therefore, approvals for this accommodation are rare.

  • In 2012, only 33 ARFs were approved for Math Scribe.

  • Approved ARFs receive specific guidelines outlining the interaction between the student and test administrator that is and is not allowed

TEA TETN #14294


Summary

Summary Materials


Available Resources Materials

What resources are available to help with Accommodations for Students with Disabilities?

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/#triangle


Have a fantastic weekend

Thank You Materials

For Your

Participation

Today!

Have a FantasticWeekend!


The mission of the Materials

GCCISD Special Education Department is to support the campuses in order to nurture inclusionary environments, enhance student achievement, and maintain compliant special education programs.


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