For a student who meets the eligibility criteria, this designated support may be used on:
STAAR, including STAAR Spanish
TELPAS reading (paper version only)
Description of Designated Support
This designated support provides a student with enlarged paper test materials when the student cannot effectively access test materials in standard print size.
Student Eligibility Criteria
A student may use this designated support if the student:
routinely and effectively uses large-print materials, including textbooks, worksheets, etc., during classroom instruction and classroom testing in place of digital materials because the tools available to enlarge text and images online do not provide adequate support; and
meets at least one of the following three criteria:
the student has an impairment in vision (e.g., uncorrected vision, nystagmus, qualifies for special education services with a vision impairment);
the student cannot accurately track letter to letter, word to word, or line to line; or
the student has a physical disability which necessitates the use of large-print materials.
Authority for Decision and Required Documentation
To receive large-print materials, "Paper" must be indicated in the Test Mode field and "Large Print" must be indicated in the STAAR & TELPAS Paper Test Format fields in TIDE prior to the deadline for indicating a special paper or holistic administration in the Calendar of Events.
For TELPAS paper administrations, "Paper" must be indicated in the Test Mode field and "Large Print" must be indicated in the STAAR & TELPAS Paper Test Format field in TIDE prior to the deadline for indicating a special paper or holistic administration in the Calendar of Events. TELPAS reading paper materials must be ordered during the additional order window by selecting the quantity of test booklets needed under the TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate, Paper Orders administration task in TIDE.
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 EB student with a disability, the decision is made by the applicable group in conjunction with the student's LPAC and documented in the student's permanent record file and IAP or IEP.
Examples and Types
This designated support is limited to the large-print test materials provided by the state.
Special Instructions and Considerations
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.
Student responses on large-print tests must be entered into the Data Entry Interface (DEI). If a student's responses are not entered into DEI, the student's test cannot be scored.
Refer to the Font and Point Sizes Matrices for point sizes and fonts used on all state assessments.
Technology-based accommodations for online test takers enable most students to test online. However, in rare instances, a student may be administered a paper test. For a student eligible for a special paper administration, "Paper" must be indicated in the Test Mode field and a specific paper format must be selected from the Paper Test Format field in TIDE.