ARD COMMITTEE TRAININGFOR THE 2012–2013TEXAS ASSESSMENT PROGRAMPresented at TETN #14279August 22, 2012
OVERVIEW OF THETEXAS ASSESSMENTPROGRAMTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 2
Who Takes STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAARModified, or STAAR Alternate? STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR Modi...
What STAARAssessments Do ELLs Receiving SpecialEducation Services Take? STAAR in English STAAR in Spanish (grades 3-5) ...
TELPAS For ELLs grades K–12 Listening, speaking, reading, writing Measures annual growth in English language acquisitio...
MAKING THE STATEWIDEASSESSMENT DECISIONTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 6
7The ARD committee reviews the students PLAAFP and instructional goals anddetermines how the student accesses the grade-le...
What does “access” mean? Access = a means of approach… how a teacher exposes astudent to the grade-level/course TEKSTexas...
Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 9Instructional Focus Instructional Approach Instructional ExamplesAlth...
The First Consideration = GeneralAssessment Participation in the general assessment should be the firstconsideration when...
The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment To determine whether the general assessment isthe most appropriate, ARD ...
The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment ARD committees must review the student’s instructional plan. This is the...
The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment ARD committees must understand What statewide assessments are required a...
 If STAAR, with or without accommodations, isappropriate for a student, the ARD committee mustdocument this decision and ...
PARTICIPATIONREQUIREMENTSSTAAR MODIFIEDSTAAR ALTERNATETAKS–MTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 15
STAAR Modified and STAAR AlternateTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 16
State-Required Documentation Forms The STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate ParticipationRequirements are state-required do...
State-Required Documentation Forms The district personnel who completes these forms should bea member of the ARD committe...
Step I: Review the Eligibility CriteriaSTAAR Modified Circle the subject(s) or course(s) for which STAAR Modifiedis being...
Step I: Review the Eligibility CriteriaSTAAR Modified The ARD committee must review each of the three questionsfor every ...
Step I: Review the Eligibility Criteria To be eligible to participate in either STAARModified or STAAR Alternate, the ans...
 Each Yes answer requires a justification thatreferences the page number or section of theIEP that contains evidence that...
Step II: Discuss Assurances If Yes is indicated for all ofthe eligibility criteria, theARD committee mustdiscuss the assu...
Step II: Discuss Assurances When an alternate assessment is selected,IDEA and The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered ...
 A statement of why an alternate assessment isappropriate for student, including evidence from IEP thatconfirms that answ...
Step II: Discuss Assurances It is not appropriate to make an assessment decision simplybecause a student passed or failed...
Step II: Discuss Assurances ARD committee decisions should be based only on theeducational need of a student. If a stude...
Step II: Discuss Assurances Students receiving special education services for anyqualifying disability category are eligi...
Step II: Discuss Assurances For elementary and middle school students, the ARDcommittee must understand the future implic...
Step II: Discuss Assurances•Students on minimum plan must starttheir college journey at a communitycollege or trade school...
Step II: Discuss Assurances Students are only eligible to take STAAR Modified if they areaccessing the curriculum through...
Step III: Summarize Assessment DecisionsSTAAR Alternate The ARD committee should indicate the subject(s) or course(s) inw...
33• The ARD committee is required to discuss theparticipation requirements, complete the State-RequiredDocumentation Form,...
FACTORS TO CONSIDERWHEN MAKING STATEWIDEASSESSMENT DECISIONSTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 34
Student Success Initiative (SSI) Multiple SSI administrations are listed on the2012-2013 testing calendar revised June 1,...
FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONSTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 36
1. What if the assessment decision made at a previousARDmeeting needs to be revised prior to testing? If the assessment d...
 These students have special needs related to a disability aswell as needs related to second language learning The ARD c...
3. Can theARD committee recommend assessmentsand/or accommodations, regardless of TEA policy? No. The ARD committee’s sta...
4. Must theARD committee address the STAAR Modifiedand STAARAlternate Participation Requirements for allspecial education ...
5. Is the STAAR Modified science assessment appropriatefor a student when the IEP only addresses reading skills,with no go...
TEA Resources
TEA Resources
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ACCOMMODATION RESOURCES•When considering an accommodation,please read the entire page to makesure you understand the inten...
THANK YOU!
Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 56Contact Information and Resources• Cheryl Villanueva• Godley ISD Tes...
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  1. 1. ARD COMMITTEE TRAININGFOR THE 2012–2013TEXAS ASSESSMENT PROGRAMPresented at TETN #14279August 22, 2012
  2. 2. OVERVIEW OF THETEXAS ASSESSMENTPROGRAMTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 2
  3. 3. Who Takes STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAARModified, or STAAR Alternate? STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR Modified Students who were first enrolled in grade 9 or below in the 2011–2012school year For unique situations that don’t fit this guideline, contact TEA’s StudentAssessment Division. STAAR Alternate Students in grades 3 and above who have significant cognitivedisabilities and meet the participation requirements for an alternateassessment based on alternate academic achievement standards willtake STAAR Alternate. TAKS–Alt is no longer available.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 3
  4. 4. What STAARAssessments Do ELLs Receiving SpecialEducation Services Take? STAAR in English STAAR in Spanish (grades 3-5) STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate STAAR L in English STAAR L – linguistically accommodated STAAR tests foreligible ELLs Available for math, science, and social studies, grade 3 andabove, including EOC No STAAR L forms of STAAR Modified but linguisticaccommodations available for eligible ELLs who take STAARModified STAAR L participation criteria somewhat different from oldTAKS LAT Participation criteria available on STAAR L Resources webpageat http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/ell/staarl/4
  5. 5. TELPAS For ELLs grades K–12 Listening, speaking, reading, writing Measures annual growth in English language acquisition In very rare cases ARD committee and LPAC maydetermine that student should not be assessed in one ormore domains due to student’s particular disability More information to be posted in 2012-2013 TELPASDecision-Making Guide for LPACS. Posting in the fall athttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/ell/lpac/.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 5
  6. 6. MAKING THE STATEWIDEASSESSMENT DECISIONTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 6
  7. 7. 7The ARD committee reviews the students PLAAFP and instructional goals anddetermines how the student accesses the grade-level/course curriculum (TEKS).With or withoutaccommodationsSTAARTAKSTAKS(Accommodated)Through modifiedTEKS-basedinstructionSTAAR ModifiedTAKS–MThroughprerequisite skillsSTAAR Alternate
  8. 8. What does “access” mean? Access = a means of approach… how a teacher exposes astudent to the grade-level/course TEKSTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 8Instructional Focus InstructionalApproachInstructionalExamplesInstruction covers all ofthe required curriculumAccommodations Extra time, formattingchanges, small group,manipulatives, spellingassistance, transcribing
  9. 9. Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 9Instructional Focus Instructional Approach Instructional ExamplesAlthough student isexposed to all of thecurriculum, IEP goalsmay focus on selectstudent expectations oraddress all studentexpectations but in abroad/simplifiedmanner.Modifications Deleting extraneousinformation, limitingnumber of steps inquestions, simplifyingdecoding level,simplifying numbers,defining difficultvocabularyIndividual supports andmaterials compensatefor the student’sdisability and allowaccess to all of thecurriculum.Prerequisite skillslinked to grade-level/course curriculumPerformance tasks todetermine mastery atthree varyingcomplexity levels
  10. 10. The First Consideration = GeneralAssessment Participation in the general assessment should be the firstconsideration when determining the appropriate assessmentfor a student. General assessments in the Texas Assessment Program STAAR STAAR Spanish TAKS TAKS (Accommodated)Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 10
  11. 11. The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment To determine whether the general assessment isthe most appropriate, ARD committees must review the student’spresent level of academic achievement andfunctional performance (PLAAFP). Provides a clear understanding of student’sperformance in the grade-level/course TEKS,including strengths, current areas of need, andaccommodations, modifications, or supports used.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 11
  12. 12. The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment ARD committees must review the student’s instructional plan. This is the basis for making appropriate assessment decisions. Provides a clear understanding of how student will access the grade-level/course curriculum, including accommodations, modifications, orsupports needed.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 12
  13. 13. The First Consideration = the GeneralAssessment ARD committees must understand What statewide assessments are required andavailable Assessed TEKS Readiness vs SupportingStandards Design and format of each statewideassessment Accommodation policies Implications of taking a particular statewideassessmentTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 13
  14. 14.  If STAAR, with or without accommodations, isappropriate for a student, the ARD committee mustdocument this decision and the testingaccommodations the student will receive. Documented testing accommodations must beconsistent with state accommodation policies posted onAccommodations Resources web page. For accommodations that require TEA approval throughsubmission of an Accommodation Request Form,document “pending TEA approval.” If STAAR, with or without accommodations, is notappropriate for a student, the ARD committee mustreview participation requirements for one of thealternate assessments.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 14
  15. 15. PARTICIPATIONREQUIREMENTSSTAAR MODIFIEDSTAAR ALTERNATETAKS–MTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 15
  16. 16. STAAR Modified and STAAR AlternateTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 16
  17. 17. State-Required Documentation Forms The STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate ParticipationRequirements are state-required documentation formsthat must be completed and retained by the districtwhen eligibility for either assessment is confirmed. Thisdocument may be filed at the campus level or in the IEP(although it is not a required part of the IEP).Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 17
  18. 18. State-Required Documentation Forms The district personnel who completes these forms should bea member of the ARD committee (e.g., special educationteacher, ARD facilitator, administrator). These forms shouldbe completed during the ARD committee meeting whenassessment decisions are made.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 18
  19. 19. Step I: Review the Eligibility CriteriaSTAAR Modified Circle the subject(s) or course(s) for which STAAR Modifiedis being considered. Circle NA, not applicable, for subjects/courses that do not apply to thestudent Subjects/courses for which STAAR Modified is not being considered Subjects that are not tested at the student’s grade or courses that thestudent is not enrolled in for the school year under considerationTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 19
  20. 20. Step I: Review the Eligibility CriteriaSTAAR Modified The ARD committee must review each of the three questionsfor every subject or course being considered and circle YESor NO.1. Do the student’s present level of academic achievementand functional performance (PLAAFP) statements in theIEP lead the ARD committee to conclude that the student ismultiple years behind grade-level or course expectationsand will not progress at the same rate and level of rigor astheir non-disabled peers?2. Does the student’s IEP contain standards-based (TEKS-based) goals indicating the modified content the studentrequires in order to access the grade-level or coursecurriculum?3. Does the student require direct and intensive instruction inorder to acquire, maintain, and transfer skills to othercontexts?Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 20
  21. 21. Step I: Review the Eligibility Criteria To be eligible to participate in either STAARModified or STAAR Alternate, the answer toall of the applicable questions must beYes. If the answer to any of the questions is No, thestudent is not eligible to participate in STAARModified/STAAR Alternate and must participatein one of the other statewide assessments.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 21
  22. 22.  Each Yes answer requires a justification thatreferences the page number or section of theIEP that contains evidence that the studentmeets the criterion.Texas Education Agencys Student22PLAAFP section PLAAFP section PLAAFP section
  23. 23. Step II: Discuss Assurances If Yes is indicated for all ofthe eligibility criteria, theARD committee mustdiscuss the assurances inStep II and the districtpersonnel completing theform must initial each one.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 23
  24. 24. Step II: Discuss Assurances When an alternate assessment is selected,IDEA and The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process requireARD committees to document in the IEP: A statement in the IEP of why student cannotparticipate in general assessment with or withoutallowable accommodations, AND…Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 24
  25. 25.  A statement of why an alternate assessment isappropriate for student, including evidence from IEP thatconfirms that answer to each of the questions forSTAAR Modified is Yes, AND… A list of testing accommodations consistent with stateaccommodation policies posted on AccommodationsResources webpage In order to make appropriate accommodation decisionsfrom year to year, their effectiveness should be assessed. Collect data on how the student performs with and without theaccommodation. Make available to the student a variety of instructionalstrategies to see which is most effective. For accommodations that require TEA approval throughsubmission of an Accommodation Request Form,document “pending TEA approval.”Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 25
  26. 26. Step II: Discuss Assurances It is not appropriate to make an assessment decision simplybecause a student passed or failed a previous statewideassessment.– Example: If a student achieved advanced academic performance onSTAAR Modified, this does not automatically mean that the studentshould now take STAAR. Other factors must be considered.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 26
  27. 27. Step II: Discuss Assurances ARD committee decisions should be based only on theeducational need of a student. If a student meets the participation requirements for STAARModified or STAAR Alternate, then he/she should beadministered this assessment. AYP Caps (2% or 3%) are not a part of the decisionsTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 27
  28. 28. Step II: Discuss Assurances Students receiving special education services for anyqualifying disability category are eligible to take STAARModified if the answer to all three eligibility questions is YES. For STAAR Alternate, the ARD committee will focus on evidenceof a significant cognitive disability and how the student accessesthe grade-level or course curriculum. They will rule out studentswho have a learning disability and receive modified instruction. Students taking STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate may bereceiving instruction in any setting (e.g., inclusion, resource, self-contained).Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 28
  29. 29. Step II: Discuss Assurances For elementary and middle school students, the ARDcommittee must understand the future implications that couldresult if a student is receiving modified instruction orinstruction through prerequisite skills from year to year. Modified instruction and instructionthrough prerequisite skills in highschool = MHSPTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 29
  30. 30. Step II: Discuss Assurances•Students on minimum plan must starttheir college journey at a communitycollege or trade school &•Students on a minimum plan are noteligible for some State Financial aide(TEXAS GRANT)
  31. 31. Step II: Discuss Assurances Students are only eligible to take STAAR Modified if they areaccessing the curriculum through modified instruction. Students are only eligible to take STAAR Alternate if they areaccessing the curriculum through prerequisite skills.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 31For high school students, these coursesare denoted by a special PEIMS code foreach course required on the MHSP.
  32. 32. Step III: Summarize Assessment DecisionsSTAAR Alternate The ARD committee should indicate the subject(s) or course(s) inwhich the student is enrolled and for which STAAR Alternateassessments will be given. The ARD committee must ensure the assessment decision andaccommodations needed to measure the student’s academicachievement have been documented in the student’s IEP. Theseaccommodations will be the basis for the STAAR Alternatepresentation supports, materials, and response modes providedduring the assessment observation and recorded on page 1 of thedocumentation form. The student will take STAAR Alternate for all required subjects orenrolled high school courses on the MHSP.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 32
  33. 33. 33• The ARD committee is required to discuss theparticipation requirements, complete the State-RequiredDocumentation Form, and file it in a designated place (nota required document in the IEP).• All assessment information must be communicated tocampus testing coordinator in preparation for statewidetesting.
  34. 34. FACTORS TO CONSIDERWHEN MAKING STATEWIDEASSESSMENT DECISIONSTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 34
  35. 35. Student Success Initiative (SSI) Multiple SSI administrations are listed on the2012-2013 testing calendar revised June 1,2012. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/calendars/ Districts will be notified when updated SSImaterial becomes available. Consideration for special populations will beincluded in the new material districts will receive.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 35
  36. 36. FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONSTexas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 36
  37. 37. 1. What if the assessment decision made at a previousARDmeeting needs to be revised prior to testing? If the assessment decision made at a previous meetingneeds to be revised, it must be based on a change ininstruction. There must be a difference in how the student accessesthe grade-level or course curriculum. Simply passing or failing a prior state assessment is notsufficient reason to justify revising the assessmentdecision in the IEP.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 37
  38. 38.  These students have special needs related to a disability aswell as needs related to second language learning The ARD committee and LPAC must work together to ensure that instruction is tailored to meeteach student’s special education and second languageacquisition needs collaborate on assessment and accommodation decisions anddocument the decisions appropriately (for ARD committee, inIEP; for LPAC, document in student’s permanent record file) More information on ARD committee and LPAC collaboration:http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/guidance/ardlpac.html38
  39. 39. 3. Can theARD committee recommend assessmentsand/or accommodations, regardless of TEA policy? No. The ARD committee’s statewide assessment andaccommodation decisions must be within theparameters set forth in federal and state requirementsand guidance. It is a testing violation to provide a nonallowableaccommodation during a statewide assessment, andcould result in the student’s test results beinginvalidated.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 39
  40. 40. 4. Must theARD committee address the STAAR Modifiedand STAARAlternate Participation Requirements for allspecial education students? No. The ARD committee should only address theseparticipation requirements for students for whomSTAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate is beingconsidered. Most special education students take thegeneral assessment.Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 40
  41. 41. 5. Is the STAAR Modified science assessment appropriatefor a student when the IEP only addresses reading skills,with no goals specific to science? No. The ARD committee is required to confirm that the“student’s IEP contains standards-based (TEKS-based)goals indicating the modified content the studentrequired in order to access the grade-level or coursecurriculum.”Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 41
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  54. 54. ACCOMMODATION RESOURCES•When considering an accommodation,please read the entire page to makesure you understand the intent•&•Ask students for feedback periodicallyto see how they feel about theaccommodation
  55. 55. THANK YOU!
  56. 56. Texas Education Agencys Student Assessment Division 56Contact Information and Resources• Cheryl Villanueva• Godley ISD Testing Coordinator• 817-373-3207• cvillanueva@godleyisd.net• Student Assessment Division▫ Phone: (512) 463-9536▫ FAX: (512) 463-9302▫ E-mail: assessment.studentswithdisabilities@tea.state.tx.us• 2012-2013 Student Assessment Division TETN Schedule:http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/training/tetn-schedule/• Curriculum Division▫ Phone: (512) 463-9581• Division of Federal and State Educational Policy (Special Education)▫ Phone: (512) 463-9414

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