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STAAR Alternate logoThe Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR® Alternate) 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. STAAR Alternate is designed for the purpose of assessing students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.

Documents housed on this website are subject to updates and revisions. The date shown on each document will indicate when the document was last revised. If the documents are printed for use, please check to make sure you are referencing the most current version.

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  • Assessment Tasks  
    •  About the Standardized Assessment Tasks
    •   Interpreting An Assessment Task
  • Complexity Levels
    • Clarifying Components of Complexity Level
  • Cueing and Prompting
    • Refresher Course for Cueing and Prompting
    • Hierarchy
    • Clarification of Support vs. Cueing/Prompting Terms
    • Assisting Students Performing Tasks
  • Documentation Forms
    • Guidelines for Completion
    • Sample Completed Documentation Forms
  • newEssence Statements (posted 03/07/14)
  • FAQs   (PDF posted 08/07/13)
  • Flowcharts
    • Alignment of the Assessment Tasks
    • Implementing the Assessment
    • Evaluating Student Performance
  • Generalization
    • Process for Generalization of Skill
    • Change in Materials from Primary to Generalization
  • Glossary (PDF posted 12/18/12)
  • Grade-Appropriate Texts
    • Guidelines for Choosing Grade-Appropriate Texts
    • Grade-Appropriate Texts (PowerPoint)
  • Manuals
    • STAAR Alternate Manual for District and Campus Coordinators
    • STAAR Alternate Manual for Test Administrators (Teachers)
  • Oath of Test Security and Confidentiality for STAAR Alternate Test Administrator (PDF, 414 KB, updated 08/07/13)
  • Parent Training Materials
    • Sample STAAR Alternate Confidential Student Report
    • Parent Brochure for Grades 3-8 (English and Spanish)
    • PowerPoint: STAAR Alternate Reporting Information for Parents (English and Spanish)
  • Participation Requirements
    • ARD Committee Training for the 2013-2014 Texas Assessment Program TETN #20905
    • 2013-2014 Participation Requirements
    • 2014-2015 Participation Requirements
    • Assessment Decision Process
    • Student Characteristics for the STAAR Alternate Complexity Levels
    • Process for Selecting the Most Appropriate Complexity Level 
    • ARD Guide for Determining High School STAAR Alternate Assessments


View archived STAAR Alternate files no longer in use. 

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division 
(512) 463-9536

Page last modified on 4/24/2014 10:04:15 AM.