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 Description of Designated Support

This accommodation, or designated support, provides students with enlarged test materials when they cannot effectively access test materials in standard print size.

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Assessments

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
  • Texas English Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) reading (approved paper version only)

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 Student Eligibility Criteria

A student may use this designated support if that student

  •  routinely and effectively uses large-print materials, including textbooks, worksheets, etc., during classroom instruction and classroom testing; and
  •  meets at least one of the following criteria:
  • The student has an impairment in vision (e.g., uncorrected vision, nystagmus, qualifies for special education services with a visual impairment).
  • The student cannot accurately track letter to letter, word to word, or line to line.
  • The student has a physical disability which necessitates the use of large-print materials.

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 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 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 English learner (EL) with a disability, the decision is made by the applicable group in conjunction with the student's language proficiency assessment committee (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.
  • To receive large-print materials, Large Print must be indicated in the Test Attributes panel in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) prior to testing.
  • After state testing, LP must be recorded in the ACCOMM. field on the STAAR answer document. For TELPAS paper administrations, Large Print must be recorded in the Test Attributes panel in TIDE.

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 Examples/Types

This section is not applicable because the state provides large-print test materials.

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 Special Instructions/Considerations

  1. The ordering process of large-print materials will be closely monitored to ensure that districts are ordering only for students who meet the eligibility criteria. In most cases, large-print test materials should be indicated only for a student with an impairment in vision.
  2. Student responses on large-print tests must be transcribed onto an answer document according to the procedures outlined in the Basic Transcribing and Complex Transcribing policies. If this transcription is not performed, the student's test cannot be scored.
  3. Specific information about large-print test materials, including the policy for students needing a test booklet in a larger print size than produced by the state, is available in the General Instructions for Administering Large-Print State Assessments document, located on the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Accommodation Resources webpage.
  4. Refer to the Font and Point Sizes Matrices located on TEA's Accommodation Resources webpage for point sizes and fonts used on all state assessments.
  5. Technology-based accommodations for online test takers enable most students to test online. However, in rare instances, a special request may be made to TEA for approval to administer a paper test. The request for a large-print paper test booklet should include the rationale for any designated supports requiring TEA approval. The special administration request form can be found in the District and Campus Coordinator Resources.
  6. For situations when a student experiences an unexpected or emergency situation (e.g., broken arms, broken glasses) immediately before an assessment, refer to the instructions for Accommodations in Unexpected or Emergency Situations.


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 Supporting Resources

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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