What is STAAR Alternate?

    The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR® Alternate) is an alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students receiving special education services who meet specific participation requirements. STAAR Alternate is provided to meet the diverse needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities enrolled in grade 3 through high school.

    STAAR Alternate is not a traditional paper or multiple-choice test. Teachers observe a student completing state-developed assessment tasks that link to the grade-level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum. Each knowledge and skills statement has been summarized into an “essence” or main idea statement. Each subject includes four essence statements for which students are assessed. Each of the essence statements include three standardized assessment tasks of varying complexity developed from state-selected prerequisite skills. Teachers select the most appropriate assessment task for a given student based on the developmental level of the student.

    Read more at Brochure for parents Grades 3-8 or Brochure for parents End of course

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