Individualized Structured Reminders

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 Description of Designated Support

This accommodation, or designated support, allows a test administrator to provide a student with individualized structured reminders to stay on task during state testing beyond what is required or allowed for any student during the standard administration procedures.



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

  • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)
  • STAAR Spanish
  • Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)


 Student Eligibility Criterion

A student may use this designated support if that student

  • routinely and effectively receives individualized structured reminders 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 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 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 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 criterion 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.
  • After state testing, DS must be recorded in the ACCOMM. field on the STAAR answer document. 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 Supports panel in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE).



This designated support includes but is not limited to

  • paperclips or adhesive notes used to divide the test into sections;
  • more frequent or less frequent reminders of time left to test than required in the standard administration procedures;
  • structured reminders that are part of a behavior plan;
  • personal timer or clock set to remind a student to move on to the next question, page, or section or to remind a student to stop at pre-established times during the test; and
  • index cards that have handwritten or color coded reminders to continue working. 


 Special Instructions/Considerations

  1. General reminders to stay on task (e.g., test administrator taps student on the shoulder, test administrator verbally reminds student to continue working) are accessibility features available to any student who needs them. When a student requires more individualized structured reminders, the appropriate campus-level team needs to determine eligibility and document the decision in the appropriate paperwork.
  2. Any type of administration in which the test administrator must view a secure state assessment requires that the test administrator sign a specific part of an Oath of Test Security and Confidentiality. Responding to test questions, making notes about test questions, and discussing the content of the test at any time are prohibited.
  3. 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.
  4. Some students might need assistance with certain reminders (e.g., inserting paperclips, setting the timer). This is allowable; however, it is preferable that the student, rather than the test administrator, direct or control the use of the reminder when possible.
  5. For TELPAS grades 2–12 assessments, individualized structured reminders apply only 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.

 Supporting Resources

For assistance with test administration functions for all Texas assessments, contact Texas Testing Support at 833-601-8821 or

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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