Content and Language Supports

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 Description of Designated Support

Content and language supports allow for various types of assistance (e.g., scaffolded directions, assistance with tracking, graphic organizers, simplified language, graphic representations of vocabulary and concepts) to support a student's understanding of selections, test questions, and answer choices.

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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

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 Student Eligibility Criteria

A student may use this designated support if

  • instructional and assessment decisions are made by a Section 504 committee; admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee; or a language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) for an English learner (EL) taking a test in English; and
  • that student routinely, independently, and effectively uses the designated support during classroom instruction and classroom testing.

NOTE: ELs taking STAAR Spanish may be eligible for content and language supports if the Section 504 or ARD committee determines eligibility.

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 Authority for Decision and Required Documentation

  • For a student who is an EL and is 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 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 earlier.
  • After state testing, there is no need for this designated support to be recorded on the paper answer document. For students who test online with content and language supports, Content and Language Supports must be indicated in the Test Attributes panel in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) prior to testing so that content and language supports are available on the test.

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 Examples/Types

This designated support is available only during an online administration as a pop- up, a rollover, prereading text, and supplementary material.

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 Special Instructions/Considerations

  1. Refer to the Educator Guide to Accessibility within the STAAR Program for more specific information about online features and supports. This guide is located on the Texas Education Agency's (TEA's) Accommodation Resources  webpage.
  2. Prior to participating in the STAAR online operational assessment, students and teachers should become familiar with the embedded supports and various tools that are provided in the online tests.
  3. Technology-based accommodations for a student taking an online test 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 paper test booklet requires TEA approval and should include the rationale for any designated supports needed for the student. More information about requests for a paper administration can be found in the District and Campus Coordinator Resources.
    1. For students taking STAAR braille, including students using a refreshable braille display, who are also eligible to receive content and language supports, districts should complete the Accommodation Request Form in TIDE to order STAAR with Embedded Supports materials. Districts do not need to submit a request for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to approve the STAAR with Embedded Supports. Test administrators will be provided with instructions regarding the administration of Content and Language Supports for students taking a braille test or using screen reader support for refreshable braille displays.
  4. Students for whom the LPAC recommends the use of this 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 (ESL) services. However, ELs who are approved by a different committee to receive this 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.


 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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