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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) convenes standard-setting panels to recommend cut scores for all assessments in Texas. For the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR® Alternate), standard setting meetings were convened in September 2012. The standard-setting panels, comprised of educators from both the fields of general and special education, considered the increased rigor and need for high expectations to determine recommended cut scores for approval by the Commissioner of Education.
Based on the approved cut scores, a student assessed with STAAR Alternate will receive an academic performance standard of “Accomplished Academic Performance,” “Satisfactory Academic Performance,” or “Developing Academic Performance” based on the total number of points earned per subject. The academic performance standards are the cut scores on a test that assigns a student to one of these three levels based on the student’s performance on an assessed subject. A student is considered to have passed a given STAAR Alternate assessment if he/she obtains “Satisfactory Academic Performance” or “Accomplished Academic Performance.”
To see all available STAAR Alternate resources, visit the STAAR Alternate Resources webpage.
STAAR Alternate Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue, Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701