Manipulating Test Materials

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 Description of Designated Support

This designated support allows the test administrator to physically manipulate test materials, online tools, and equipment for a student who is unable to do so independently.



For a student who meets the eligibility criteria, this designated support may be used on

  • STAAR Spanish


 Student Eligibility Criterion

A student may use this designated support if that student

  • routinely and effectively uses it during classroom instruction and classroom testing.


 Authority for Decision and Required Documentation

  • For a student not receiving special education or Section 504 services, the decision is made by the appropriate team of people at the campus level (e.g., RTI team, student assistance team) and documented according to district policies. The decision should be based on the eligibility criterion 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 criterion and is documented in the student’s IAP.
  • For a student receiving special education services, the decision is made by the ARD committee based on the eligibility criterion and is documented in the student’s IEP.
  • In the case of an EL with a disability, the decision is made by the applicable group above 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 above.
  • After state testing, DS must be recorded in the ACCOMM. field on the STAAR answer document. For online administrations, the appropriate code (D or Designated Supports) must be recorded in the Texas Assessment Management System. This indicates that an allowable designated support was made available to the student.



This designated support includes but is not limited to

  • turning test booklet pages per student directions
  • positioning the ruler per student directions
  • operating technology per student directions, such as using the mouse to navigate the pages and operate the tools in an online administration
  • highlighting per student directions
  • positioning mathematics manipulatives per student directions


 Special Instructions/Considerations

  1. A student who uses this designated support may complete the test in a separate setting to eliminate distractions to other students and to ensure the confidentiality of the test.
  2. The student must give specific directions about how the test administrator should manipulate test materials, online tools, and equipment. The test administrator may not provide feedback regarding the correctness of the student’s directions.
  3. Manipulating test materials must be done by a trained test administrator who has signed a security oath. Responding to test questions, making notes about test questions, and discussing the content of the test at any time are prohibited.
  4. If a student needs his or her responses to test questions (i.e., multiple choice, griddable, writing prompt) transcribed onto an answer document or into the online testing platform, refer to the Basic Transcribing or Complex Transcribing policies.
  5. For grades 2–12 TELPAS, Manipulating Test Materials only applies to the online and paper reading test and the online listening and speaking test. This designated support does not apply to any holistically-rated domain, since those are assessed during authentic classroom activities and the same accommodations routinely used during classroom instruction are acceptable. 

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