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Assessment Guidance


Related Topics: Standards Based IEPs | Graduation | Transition | Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED)


According to the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), schools are held accountable for educational results so that each child can meet his/her academic potential. State assessments are to be given to determine whether schools have been successful in teaching students the knowledge and skills for their enrolled grade as defined by the state content standards (The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS).

Texas has developed new assessments that meet these federal requirements. Students served by special education services have the option of taking the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), including TAKS (Accommodated), TAKS-Modified (TAKS-M), or TAKS-Alternate (TAKS-Alt). All assessments are based on grade level content as required by NCLB. The participation rate and performance of students with disabilities on statewide assessments are factored into a district’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.

The Student Assessment Division manages and oversees the development, administration, scoring, and analysis of the statewide assessment program.The Student Assessment Division maintains a Student Assessment web page that serves as the primary source of information about the state assessment program. The Division of IDEA Coordination collaborates with the Student Assessment Division on the development of guidance, training, and resources on the topic of assessing students with disabilities.

Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI): A program designed to gather physical fitness data from Texas students enrolled in grades 3 through 12. Students with disabilities should participate in this initiative unless there are documented medical reasons prohibiting participation. For more information regarding students with disabilities who may be exempt from the PFAI, refer to the Q & A document.

State Resources

National Resources from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Related Requirements in Rules and Regulations

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Federal Regulations  

Texas Education Code

Texas Administrative Code

 (State Board of Education and Commissioner’s Rules)

  • Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements. Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2007-2008 
  • Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter AA. Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Special Education Service 89.1070. Graduation Requirements 
  • Chapter 101. Assessment


Technical Assistance and Training

Student Assessment Contact Information
Please search carefully for the closest area to your particular question as that will affect the timeliness of the answer. If your question is urgent, please contact the division directly by phone at (512) 463-9536.

Education Service Centers

For technical assistance and training in regard to assessing students with disabilities and other aspects of the provision of services for students with disabilities, contact your regional education service center.

The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process 

The Legal Framework is a template in an electronic format that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic for parents and educators. A framework addressing State and Districtwide Assessments has been developed.

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Division of Federal and State Education Policy

1701 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701-1494

Telephone: 512.463.9414 | Fax: 512.463.9560


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