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Special Education Assessments

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The admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee determines which assessment is appropriate for each special education student based upon his or her individual needs. To make this decision, ARD committees must be familiar with the statewide assessment options available to students. The ARD committees decision impacts a student’s academic future. If it is unclear whether a student graduates under the TAKS program or the STAAR program, contact TEA’s Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.  


 Federal Requirements for the Assessment of Students with Disabilities  State Assessment Options for...
Students in grades 10–12*
in 2011–2012

Students who first entered grade 9 or below in 2011–2012

General assessment (with or without accommodations)  TAKS
TAKS (Accommodated)


Alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (2%)

 TAKS–Modified (TAKS–M)

(No longer administered)


 STAAR® Modified**

Alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards (1%)

 STAAR® Alternate 


    * TAKS and TAKS (Accommodated) grades 9 and 10 tests are not available, and students who take these tests will not be assessed. Additionally, TAKS-M will not be available, therefore, students who meet the participation requirements for this modified assessment will not need to test.

    ** The STAAR Modified assessments will be administered for the final time during the 2013-2014 assessment cycle. The U.S. Department of Education has informed states that assessments based on modified standards for students served by special education cannot be used for accountability purposes after the 2013-2014 school year.  Further information regarding plans for the inclusion of this population of students in the general assessment program beginning in the 2014-2015 school year will be forthcoming.  

Updates for 2014-2015 

2015 Special Education Assessment Updates  (PPT posted 06/13/14)
2015 Special Education Assessment Updates  (PDF posted 06/13/14)

Related Resources   


View archived Special Education Assessment files no longer in use.

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division

Page last modified on 7/29/2014 02:37:55 PM.