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Admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committees are required to use the participation requirements to determine if the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR™ Alternate) is the appropriate assessment for a student.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 STAAR Alternate administration, the ARD committee, rather than the test administrator, will be required to make the decision for the complexity level and/or the combinations of levels that will be used for each STAAR Alternate assessment. These decisions will be recorded on the "STAAR Alternate Participation Requirements" state-required document. The test administrator must abide by the complexity-level decisions when implementing the assessment.
For one more year during the 2012-2013 STAAR Alternate administration, the test administrator can still select the complexity level and the assessment task, proceed with planning and observing the task, and evaluate the student performance after the complexity-level selection is made. However, it is recommended that the ARD committee make the decisions for the complexity level or the combination of levels that will be used. Districts are not required to convene an ARD to make this decision this year; however, if an ARD is being convened this fall for other purposes, the ARD committee can make these decisions for the current STAAR Alternate administration. If complexity levels are determined by the ARD committee, the decisions will need to be recorded on the participation requirements form and honored by the test administrator.
To see all available STAAR Alternate resources, visit the STAAR Alternate Resources webpage.
For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division