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Description of Designated Support
This accommodation, or designated support, allows students to have extra time to complete a state assessment, giving them until the end of the regularly scheduled school day to finish.
For a student who meets the eligibility criteria, this designated support may be used on:
- State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)
- STAAR Spanish
Student Eligibility Criteria
A student may use this designated support if that student
- routinely and effectively uses it during classroom instruction and classroom testing;
- cannot effectively use any accessibility features or other designated supports to address their needs; and
- meets at least one of the following criteria (which makes it necessary for the student to have more time than is allowed in the standard test administration procedures):
- The student is a current English learner (EL) and takes a STAAR test in English.
- The student has an impairment in vision (e.g., uncorrected vision, nystagmus, qualifies for special education services with a visual impairment).
- The student is identified with dyslexia or a related disorder per Texas Education Code, §38.003.
- The student has documented evidence of reading difficulties.
- The student requires frequent or lengthy breaks (more frequent or longer than those allowed for all students) because that student has a disabling behavioral or emotional condition that affects attention or focus.
- The student requires frequent or lengthy breaks (more frequent or longer than those allowed for all students) because that student has a physical disability or medical condition that requires a significant amount of time for treatment or recovery.
- The student is identified with an autism spectrum disorder and requires the entire school day to complete testing in order to maintain as much of that student's typical structure and routine as possible.
NOTE: ELs taking STAAR Spanish may be eligible for extra time (same day) if they meet any of the last seven bullets and if a committee other than the language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines eligibility.
Authority for Decision and Required Documentation
For a student not receiving special education or Section 504 services, the decision is made by the appropriate campus-level team (e.g., Response to Intervention [RtI] team, student assistance team) and documented according to district policies. The decision should be based on the eligibility criteria and aimed at addressing a student's consistent academic struggle in a specific area even after intensive instruction and remediation.
- For an EL student testing in English, the decision is made by the LPAC based on the eligibility criteria and is documented in the student's permanent record file.
- For a student receiving Section 504 services, the decision is made by the Section 504 committee based on the eligibility criteria and is documented in the student's individual accommodation plan (IAP).
- For a student receiving special education services, the decision is made by the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee based on the eligibility criteria and is documented in the student's individualized education program (IEP).
- In the case of an EL with a disability, the decision is made by the applicable group in conjunction with the student's LPAC. The decision is to be documented by the LPAC in the student's permanent record file and by the other applicable group, as described previously.
- After state testing, DS must be recorded in the ACCOMM. field on the student's answer document and the appropriate non-embedded support must be selected . This indicates that an allowable designated support was made available to the student. For students who test online, the Other Designated Supports field should be updated under the Non-Embedded Support Supports panel in the the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). This indicates that an allowable designated support was made available to the student.
- A student who uses this designated support may complete the test in a separate setting to eliminate distractions to other students and to ensure test confidentiality.
- The appropriate campus-level team must document eligibility for this designated support, but the documentation does not need to specify exactly how much extra time the student should be granted to complete the test. A student should be allowed to continue testing until the end of the regularly scheduled school day but cannot be required to continue testing until that time. A student should be allowed to leave the testing room when the test is completed.
- The district must maintain test security and confidentiality when providing extra time to complete testing. All standard test security and confidentiality requirements must be followed. Refer to the Test Security section in the District and Campus Coordinator Resources for more information.
- A student who receives extra time to complete the test may be transferred to a different location after the original testing session has ended. Testing personnel must be made aware of the monitoring requirement when students are transferred from one area to another. Students are not permitted to transport test materials from one testing environment to another.
- Extra time testing sessions should start at the beginning of the school day and may go until the end of the regularly scheduled school day for all grades/subjects and courses. Extra time testing sessions must NOT extend beyond a typical seven-hour school day. Schools that do not have typical seven-hour schedules should contact the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for guidance.
- Students for whom the LPAC recommends the use of this designated support for any English reading or English end-of-course (EOC) assessments may not be reclassified at the end of the school year. In addition, LPACs may not recommend designated supports for an EL whose parents have denied bilingual or English as a second language services. However, ELs who are approved by a different committee to receive this designated support, based on reasons other than English language acquisition (such as a disability or documented academic or literacy difficulties), may be considered for reclassification at the end of the school year.
- For situations when a student experiences an unexpected or emergency situation (e.g., broken arm, broken glasses) immediately before the assessment, refer to the instructions for Accommodations in Unexpected or Emergency Situations on the Accommodation Resources webpage for guidance.
- Accommodation Resources
- Test Security Information
- Accommodations in Unexpected or Emergency Situations
For assistance with test administration functions for all Texas assessments, contact Texas Testing Support at 833-601-8821 or TexasTestingSupport@cambiumassessment.com.
If you have any questions, contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536, and ask to speak with your Accommodations Task Force representative.
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