• STAAR Alternate 2


    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.

    As a result of House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, TEA has redesigned the STAAR Alternate assessment to meet the diverse needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities enrolled in grades 3 through 8 and EOC subjects. The legislation, as quoted below, indicates that the assessment must not require teachers to prepare tasks or materials.

    “TEA, in conjunction with appropriate interested persons, shall redevelop assessment instruments adopted or developed under Subsection (b) for administration to significantly cognitively disabled students in a manner consistent with federal law. An assessment instrument under this subsection may not require a teacher to prepare tasks or materials for a student who will be administered such an assessment instrument.”
    To meet requirements of the legislation and maintain an appropriate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities, a question-based approach to the assessment has been implemented for the redesign of STAAR Alternate. The assessment will consist of 24 scripted questions. The test materials will include a test administrator booklet with the scripted questions and guidelines for how the test will be administered. A student booklet will be provided that contains stimulus images and text needed for the student to select answers. This design allows for standardization of the assessment and eliminates the need for teachers to prepare tasks or materials.
    You can access the documents developed by TEA to support the STAAR Alternate 2 at:


    Educator Guide 2018


    The following resources are available to provide alternate ways or ideas for alinging the curriculum to the state assessment:  


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    NEISD Resources
Last Modified on October 18, 2017