2008-2009 ACCOMMODATIONS MANUAL TRAINING SIDE-BY-SIDE TAKS-M by Samuelpowers

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									    2008-2009 ACCOMMODATIONS
         MANUAL TRAINING
       & SIDE-BY-SIDE TAKS-M
    SAMPLE ITEMS & BLUEPRINTS



                Presented by:
November 2008
                Brenda Booth, Director of Assessment
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    TAKS / TAKS-Accommodated
    and TAKS-M:
    Comparison and Contrast of
    Item Types and Blueprints



                     November 2008
Mathematics
Grades 3, 6 & 10




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                   3 ovember 2008
Grade 3 Math - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 3 Math
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 3 Math
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 3 Math
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 3 Math
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 6 Math - Blueprint
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 6 Math

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 6 Math

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Math - Blueprint
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Math

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Math

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Math

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Math
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Science
Grades 5, 8 & 10




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Grade 5 Science - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Science
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 8 Science - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 8 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 8 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Science - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Science

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Science
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 Science
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Reading/ELA
Grades 5, 7 & 10




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Grade 5 Reading - Blueprint
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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 Grade 5 Reading
Pre-Reading Box for TAKS-M (read by test administrator)




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 Grade 5 Reading
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Reading
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 5 Reading
TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 7 Reading - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 7 Reading
                  Only reading assistance allowed
Pre-Reading Box   for passage




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Grade 7 Reading

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 7 Reading

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 7 Reading

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 7 Reading

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 ELA - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 10 ELA - Revising & Editing

Pre-Reading Box for TAKS-M   Revising & Editing Passage




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Grade 10 ELA - Revising & Editing

TAKS-M Questions for “Inspection Day” Passage




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Grade 10 ELA - Revising & Editing

Continuation of Passage   Next Questions: TAKS-M




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Grade 10 ELA - Revising & Editing

Continuation of Questions for Sentences 7-13 (previous page)




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    Grade 10 ELA - Revising & Editing

    No sample writing prompts are available at this time.

   There is a rubric               We will have more
    posted on the TAKS-M             information regarding
                                     the scoring of the writing
    page of the TEA                  composition in late
    website.                         November, as TEA will
                                     be providing some
                                     training that month.




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Writing
Grades 4 & 7




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 Grade 4 Writing - Blueprint

TAKS & TAKS-Accommodated   TAKS-M




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Grade 4 Writing - Revising & Editing

          Pre-Reading Box for TAKS-M




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Grade 4 Writing - Revising & Editing

TAKS-M Questions for “The Snow Fort” Passage




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Grade 4 Writing - Revising & Editing

Additional Questions for First Part of Passage   (previous page)




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Grade 4 Writing - Revising & Editing

Next Part of Passage & Related Questions




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    Grade 4 Writing - Revising & Editing

    No sample writing prompts are available at this time.

   There is a rubric                        We will have more
    posted on the TAKS-M                      information regarding
                                              the scoring of the writing
    page of the TEA                           composition in late
    website.                                  November, as TEA will
                                              be providing some
                                              training that month.


    http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/taksm/index.html

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         SAMPLE TAKS-M
         ITEMS
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     Clickable links
     that will take you
     directly to the
     grade/subject
     TAKS-M sample
     items


           November 2008
Texas
Education
Agency


TETNs were
on Sept 22 &
Oct 10, 2008
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     Components of the 2008
     Texas Assessment Program

 Information about accommodations available for End-of-Course (EOC)
 Assessments will be included in future manuals when operational EOC
 assessments become mandatory.


                                                November 2008
     Available Tests
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        Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
         (TAKS)
            A general assessment based on grade-level academic
             achievement standards


        TAKS (Accommodated)
            A general assessment based on the same grade-level
             academic achievement standards as TAKS for students
             receiving special education services who meet the
             eligibility criteria for specific accommodations
            Includes format changes (larger font and fewer items per
             page) and contains no embedded field-test items

                                                  November 2008
     Available Tests
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    TAKS–Modified (TAKS–M)
        An alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement
         standards for students receiving special education services who
         meet participation requirements for TAKS–M
        Includes changes in format (e.g., larger font, fewer items per page)
         and test design (e.g., fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and
         sentence structure).


    TAKS–Alternate (TAKS–Alt)
        An alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement
         standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities
         receiving special education services who meet the participation
         requirements.
        Not a traditional paper/pencil or multiple-choice test - teachers
         observe students as they complete assessment tasks that link to
         grade-level TEKS curriculum, then submit results and evidence
         through online instrument                     November 2008
     Key Changes to Accom Manual
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         Reorganization and Addition of New Appendices
           Participation requirements for certain state assessments
           Eligibility criteria for specific accommodations
           General instructions for administering braille and large-
            print tests (also found in District and Campus
            Coordinator Manual)
           Teacher tools that districts have the option of using if
            needed
           List of supplemental aids allowed for TAKS
            (Accommodated) without submission and approval of
            Accommodation Request Form
           New appendix regarding administering tests to students
            who are deaf or hard of hearing will be posted separately
            at a later date
                                                  November 2008
     Accommodations
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       Practices and procedures that do not reduce learning
        expectations but provide equitable access to grade-
        level curriculum
       Provided on an individual basis, taking into
        consideration the needs of each student
       May be appropriate for instructional use, but may
        not be appropriate for use on a standardized
        assessment
       Should not be simply a matter of convenience but a
        tool that does not compromise the content being
        tested and is necessary for student success
       Should be routinely used in classroom instruction
        and testing
                                          November 2008
     Documenting Accommodation Use
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      TestingAccommodations
      IEP for students receiving special
       education services
      IAP for students receiving services
       through section 504
      Local policies for general education
       students
      Permanent record file for ELLs

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      How to Use the “Accommodations
      by Category”Chart
      Accommodations allowed on TAKS–Alt are listed on
     the “Presentation Supports/Materials” document that is
       the Accommodations Manual and on the TAKS-Alt
                       Resources website.

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     These abbreviations represent the
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     accommodation category that should be bubbled
     on the scorable document.
     In most cases, the abbreviation will correspond to
     the four accommodation categories of
     presentation, response, setting, and timing and
     scheduling (P, R, S, or T).
     For large print, braille, the Dyslexia Bundle, and
     oral administration, though, the test administrator
     will bubble LP, BR, DB, and/or OA, respectively.
     It is not necessary to bubble any other category
     unless the student received additional
     accommodations.




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     Checkmarks indicate
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     whether an
     accommodation may be
     used by an eligible
     student during TAKS,
     TAKS (Accommodated),
     TAKS–M, or TELPAS
     reading administrations.
     In most cases, the
     accommodations listed for
     TAKS, TAKS
     (Accommodated), and
     TAKS–M are available for
     eligible students who
     participate in LAT
     administrations of these
     assessments.


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     The asterisk means that this
     accommodation is applicable
     only for paper
     administrations of grades 2-12
     TELPAS reading tests.




          November 2008
     A student may use a large-print version of the test if he or she has a visual impairment and
     routinely uses large-print materials in the classroom. An Accommodation Request Form is
     not required if the student meets these conditions.
                                                                                                      Eligibility for use of
71                                                                                                    accommodations is
                                                                                                      determined by the
                                                                                                      conditions listed
                                                                                                      below each
                                                                                                      accommodation.

                                                                                                      In some cases, it is the
                                                                                                      responsibility of the
                                                                                                      school to determine
                                                                                                      whether the student
                                                                                                      meets these
                                                                                                      conditions. If the
                                                                                                      conditions are met, no
     Amplification devices help reduce the interference of background noise, override poor            Accommodation
     acoustics, and reduce the effect of distance between the student and the test administrator. A
     student may use an amplification device, such as a frequency modulated (FM) system, if the       Request Form is
     student is identified as having a hearing impairment and/or has a disability that affects the
     student’s ability to focus or concentrate in large-group situations. An Accommodation            required.
     Request Form is not required.

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                                                                                                              Some accommodations
                                                                                                              (DB, OA) have specific
                                                                                                              eligibility criteria found in
                                                                                                              the appendix that students
     See Appendix X for specific requirements concerning eligibility and decision- making authority for the
     dyslexia bundled accommodations. Only students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in             must meet in order to use
     Appendix X may use this accommodation. An Accommodation Request Form is not required.
                                                                                                              the accommodation. In
                                                                                                              these cases, eligibility is
                                                                                                              determined locally and no
                                                                                                              Accommodation Request
                                                                                                              Form is required.




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                                                                                              Italicized text appears
                                                                                              when an accommodation
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     If a student does not have a visual impairment and does not routinely use large-print    requires the submission
     materials in the classroom, an Accommodation Request Form that specifically states why
     the student needs this accommodation must be submitted to TEA for approval.              and approval of an
                                                                                              Accommodation Request
                                                                                              Form prior to student use.
                                                                                              Read this text carefully
                                                                                              since the submission of a
                                                                                              request applies to specific
                                                                                              groups of students (e.g.,
                                                                                              certain grades only).




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     If a student does not meet the
     conditions of an accommodation,
     then the district may determine that
     the student’s situation is so unique
     that a request should be submitted
     to TEA.
     If a student needs an
     accommodation that is not listed in
     this manual, then an
     Accommodation Request Form may
     be submitted. November 2008
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Key Changes to
Accommodation Policy




                       November 2008
Reading Questions & Answers on
TAKS-M Reading
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    OPTIONAL accommodation
        No longer a required part of test administration
        ARD committees have determined student need and
         routine use
    Not necessary to convene a special ARD committee
     meeting to address this accommodation, but at next
     scheduled meeting ARD committees must
     determine
        whether this accommodation is necessary
        if student needs all test questions and answer choices
         read or if the accommodation will be provided as
         needed per student request
    An Accommodation Request Form is not
     required
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Accommodation Request Process
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    The District Testing Coordinator is responsible
     for:
      reviewing and submitting to TEA only those
       Accommodation Request Forms that are necessary
       and appropriate according to the information in the
       Accommodations Manual
      providing information about accommodations to
       campus testing coordinators and/or school personnel
      answering questions from schools



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     Accommodation Request Process
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    Do not submit requests for accommodations listed in the
     manual as “No Accommodation Request Form required”
    Objective Evidence should
      be provided with every request
      clearly indicate why the student needs the
        accommodation
      be individualized, specific, and relevant
    Never include confidential student information (e.g., first
     and last name, social security number) with a request
    If an accommodation requires the submission of an
     Accommodation Request Form, the student may not use the
     accommodation unless approved by TEA
                                             November 2008
79   Accommodations
     By Category (chart pp. 25-37)




                            November 2008
                                                Accommodations
     **Presentation (P)                         Manual - Page 25

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        Large Print (LP)                     TAKS
          Student has visual
           impairment                         TAKS-Accom
          Routinely uses large-print
           materials in the classroom.
                                              TAKS-M
          No   ARF required
                                              TELPAS
          Appendix   E                        Reading

                                         November 2008
                                                Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                  Manual - Page 25

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        Braille (BR)                       TAKS
          Student has visual
           impairment
                                            TAKS-Accom
          Routinely uses braille
           materials in the classroom.
                                            TAKS-M
          No   ARF required

          Appendix   E

                                         November 2008
                                                  Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                    Manual - Page 25

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    Magnifying or Low-Vision                 TAKS
     Devices (P)
      Student   has visual impairment        TAKS-Accom

      Eye-glass mounted magnifier, or
       freestanding/handheld magnifier        TAKS-M
      Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
                                              TELPAS
      No   ARF required                       Reading

                                          November 2008
                                                    Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                      Manual - Page 26

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    Colored Overlays (P)                       TAKS
      Student   may use colored overlays
                                                TAKS-Accom
      Markers may be used to make
      notes on the colored overlay
                                                TAKS-M
      No   ARF required
                                                TELPAS
                                                 Reading

                                            November 2008
                                                      Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                        Manual - Page 26

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    Photocopies of Test (P)                      TAKS
      Must  be approved by TEA
      Must document that other                   TAKS-Accom
       accommodations not requiring an
       ARF have been tried and were
       not successful                             TAKS-M

      ARF   required
                                                  TELPAS
    Blank answer docs, which do not               Reading
     contain secure info, may be copied w/o
     submission of an ARF                     November 2008
                                                Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                  Manual - Page 27

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    Place Markers (P)                      TAKS
      Studentmay use a blank place
      marker on the test & answer doc
                                            TAKS-Accom

      Placemarkers may include index
      cards, adhesive notes, etc.           TAKS-M

      No   ARF required                    TELPAS
                                             Reading

                                        November 2008
                                                   Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                     Manual - Page 27

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    Reading Test Aloud to Self (P)            TAKS
      Student  may read aloud while
       working or read into a recording
                                               TAKS-Accom
       device during testing
      Student may also use a voice
       feedback device (e.g., PVC phone)       TAKS-M
      Individual admin. Is required if
       other students are distracted or
                                               TELPAS
       test security is compromised
                                                Reading
      No   ARF required                   November 2008
                                                            Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                              Manual - Page 27

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    Oral Admin for Math, Science,                      TAKS
     & Social Studies (OA)
      May include different levels of                  TAKS-Accom
      reading support for each student
          Only a few words or phrases
          Multiple sentences throughout the test       TAKS-M
          The test in its entirety (questions &
           answer choices
      Student   must meet eligibility
       criteria (see Appendix B)
      No ARF required for those who
       meet elig. criteria                          November 2008
                                                                Accommodations
                                                                Manual – pp. 67-68

Oral Admin Eligibility Criteria
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    TA may read aloud or sign the              Allowed ONLY for Math,
     test questions & answer options             Science & Social Studies
     for a student who is:                      NOT allowed for Reading,
        identified as dyslexic                  Writing, or ELA
        Served by special ed. or Section    Exception: Does NOT apply to the
         504 whose IEP/IAP documents            dyslexia bundled accoms. or the
         evidence of reading difficulties       accom. of reading questions on
        Served by special ed. who is deaf      TAKS-M Reading test.
         or hard of hearing & whose IEP
         requires the signing of daily
                                                Authority for decision should
         instruction
                                                 be made by ARD or 504
     Note: The student MUST                      committee
      regularly receive this                    Decision MUST be documented
      accommodation in class                     in the student’s IEP or IAP

                                                         November 2008
                                                Accommodations
                                                Manual – Page 27

     Grade 3 Reading Assistance
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        For students in Grade 3, reading assistance is
         part of the optional test administration
         procedures for the math test

        Not considered an accommodation that must
         be documented




                                         November 2008
                                                          Accommodations
         Presentation (P) (con’t.)                        Manual - Page 27

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        Reading Aloud Test Questions for TAKS-M Reading (P)
          Reading test questions & answer choices aloud is now
           an optional procedure
          If student needs this accommodation it MUST be
           documented in the IEP
          MUST be used regularly in classroom instruction

          ARD committee must determine if student needs ALL
           test questions/answer options read aloud or if accom.
           will only be provided if student asks for assistance.

                                **NOTE: Not necessary to convene the ARD
            No ARF required    committee only to document this accom for
                                                      committees
                                2008-2009, but ARD November 2008 MUST address
                                this issue at the next annual meeting.
                                                            Accommodations
     Presentation (P) (con’t.)                              Manual - Page 28

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    Dyslexia Bundled Accoms (DB)
      ONLY for Grades 3-8 Reading
      TAKS & TAKS-Accom ONLY
          Reading all proper nouns associated with each passage before
           students begin individual reading
          Reading all test questions & answer options to students
          Extending test to two-day admin.
      Must provide ALL THREE accommodations
      Student must meet eligibility criteria (see Appendix B)

      No ARF required for those who meet elig. criteria


                                                    November 2008
                                                                            Accommodations
                                                                            Manual – pp. 65-66

Dyslexia Bundle Eligibility Criteria
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    TA may provide the dyslexia                           Note: The student MUST
     bundled accommodations to a                            regularly receive these
     student:                                               accommodations in class
        not receiving special ed. services
         who is identified with dyslexia                  Authority for decision should
        receiving special ed. services who                be made by ARD or 504
         is identified with dyslexia                       committee, or the committee of
        receiving special ed. services and                knowledgeable persons as
         has documentation in the IEP                      outlined in The Dyslexia
         that indicates that the student                   Handbook
         exhibits the “characteristics” of
         dyslexia (severe reading difficulty              Decision MUST be documented
         causing student to lack word-identification
         skills and/or to have difficulty reading          in the student’s IEP or IAP, or in
         words in isolation)                               accordance with district policies
                                                           & procedures (DRD program)
                                                                    November 2008
                                                               Accommodations
         Presentation (P) (con’t.)                             Manual - Page 28

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    Sign/Translate Directions (P)                          TAKS
        Directions given orally before or after
         the test may be either signed to a
         student who is deaf or hard of                     TAKS-Accom
         hearing or translated into the native
         language of a student with limited
         English proficiency
                                                            TAKS-M
        NOTE: Translating directions into native
         lang. is NOT considered an accom. For an
         ELL taking TELPAS reading; is allowable            TELPAS
         for any student taking TELPAS for whom              Reading
         directions are translated in classroom
         instruction & testing (no documentation req.)
      No    ARF required                                     November 2008
                                                                   Accommodations
         Presentation (P) (con’t.)                                 Manual - Page 28

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    Amplification Devices (P)                                  TAKS
        Help reduce the interference of background
         noise, override poor acoustics, and reduce the
         effect of distance between the student and             TAKS-Accom
         the test administrator
        Student may use an amplification device,
         such as a frequency modulated (FM) system,             TAKS-M
         if identified as having a hearing impairment
         and/or a disability that affects ability to focus
         or concentrate in large-group situations
                                                                TELPAS
      No     ARF required                                       Reading


                                                                  November 2008
                                                                        Accommodations
         Presentation (P) (con’t.)                                      Manual - Page 28

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    Manipulating Test Materials for                                 TAKS
     Student (P)
        Student may have temporary or permanent
         disabling condition that interferes with the                TAKS-Accom
         ability to physically manipulate test
         materials (test booklet pages, rulers, etc.)
        Student must direct TA very specifically                    TAKS-M
         regarding all steps necessary when
         manipulating the materials
     Example: when to turn the page or where to place the ruler      TELPAS
         TA may NOT provide feedback regarding
     
         the correctness of the student’s directions
                                                                      Reading

      No    ARF required                                              November 2008
                                                                            Accommodations
    **Response (R)                                                          Manual - Page 29

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                                                                                        TAKS
    Other Methods of Response (R)                                                  


        Student may have a temporary or permanent disabling
                                                                                       TAKS-
         condition that interferes with or limits the ability to make
                                                                                        Accom
         notes, do computations, or record responses on a machine-
         scorable document.
        May include, but is not limited to:                                           TAKS-M
            injury (broken arm)
            physical condition (cerebral palsy)                                       TELPAS
            visual difficulties (extremely limited vision, broken eyeglasses, or       Reading
             tracking difficulties)
            Significant deficit in written expression
        Students who have poor handwriting or spelling skills will most
         likely NOT fall into this category since they usually have the
         ability to record their responses on the scorable document.

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    Other Methods of Response (R)                             (con’t.)
        Any of the following methods or response are allowed for students
         who are unable to write responses on extended writing tasks or are
         unable to record answers to multiple-choice items. Students may:
            Respond orally to or sign responses to test items
            Mark responses in the test booklet
            Point to their responses
            Use an augmentative communication device
            Record responses on a dry-erase board, chalkboard, or scratch paper
            Type responses on a typewriter, portable word processor, recording device, or
             computer
                features such as spell-check & word predictability function must be disabled
                 for all TAKS Writing/ELA tests & Gr. 4 Writing (TAKS-Accom/TAKS-M)
                Student responses may NOT be saved to a disk or hard drive

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    Other Methods of Response (R)                    (con’t.)
        A scribe is the trained test administrator who writes down what a
         student dictates through an assistive communication device, pointing,
         sign language, or speech.
        Being a scribe requires understanding the boundaries of the assistance
         to be provided.

        A scribe may NOT edit or alter student responses in any way and
         MUST record word for word exactly what the student has dictated.

        The scribe may NOT provide feedback regarding the correctness of the
         student’s response

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Specific instructions regarding the role of the scribe in
 various situation are provided below for the
Written Composition:
        Scribe is to write EXACTLY what is dictated
        Scribe should ask for clarification from the student about the
         intended use of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling of key words
         that are unique to the student’s creativity and word choice (not basic
         grade-level sight words) since these conventions are part of the score
         the student receives
        Student MUST have the opportunity to review & edit what the scribe
         has written
        Transcribed compositions must fit onto the two lined pages provided
         on the standard answer document
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 Specific instructions regarding the role of the scribe in
  various situation are provided below for the
 Open-Ended Responses:

         Scribe is to write EXACTLY what is dictated
         Scribe is NOT required to ask for clarification from the student about
          the intended use of capitalization, punctuation, & spelling of key
          words since these conventions are NOT part of the scoring rubric used
          to assess students’ short-answer responses
         Transcribed compositions must fit in the space provided on the
          standard answer document


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  Specific instructions regarding the role of the scribe in
   various situation are provided below for the
 Computation/Notes:
         If student is physically unable to record mathematical computations,
          the student must direct the scribe very specifically regarding all steps
          necessary to complete the computation (for example, digit by digit,
          how to align numbers, etc.)
         For transcription of notes during the test, the scribe MUST follow the
          student’s exact instructions
         This may include making notes in the margins of the test booklet or
          underlining phrases or words in the passages
         Scribe may NOT provide feedback regarding the correctness of any
          computations or relevance of any notes.
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     Other Methods of Response (R)              (con’t.)
         In most cases, the student’s responses MUST be transcribed
          verbatim onto a standard answer document for scoring

         If the use of this accommodation is distracting to other
          students or compromises the security of the test, an
          individual administration may be required

         No ARF required



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     Spelling Assistance (R)                                                     TAKS-
         Use of spelling assistance as an accom. does NOT                         Accom
          replace the teaching of spelling skills as outlined in
          the state curriculum
         If student is capable of organizing thoughts & ideas                    TAKS-M
          in written responses but has a disability that affects
          the physical reproduction of letters & words or the
          ability to remember spelling rules, word structures,
          or letter patterns, spelling assistance may be used
      Example: a list of frequently misspelled words would be appropriate
        only for a student who can select a word with an irregular spelling
        pattern for use on their written response but is unable to
        reproduce the letters or pattern needed to correctly & consistently
        spell it w/out assistance
         TA may NOT provide feedback regarding the
          correctness of the student’s directions
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     Spelling Assistance (R)                                               TAKS-
         Use of spelling assistance applies only to written                 Accom
          responses
         Does NOT apply to revising & editing sections of
          writing or ELA tests or to other subject-area tests               TAKS-M
         Students taking Grade 4 Writing test may use word
          lists (e.g., list of frequently misspelled words) if the
          conditions previously listed are met – No ARF
          required
         Gr. 7 Writing, Gr. 9 Reading, or Gr. 10/11 ELA may
          use spelling assistance (e.g., spell-check, pocket spell-
          checkers, word lists) if conditions previously listed
          are met – No ARF required
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     Calculation Devices (R)                                                  TAKS-
         Use of calculation device as an accom. does NOT                       Accom
          replace the teaching of basic computation skills as
          outlined in the state curriculum.
         If student possesses the knowledge to reason                         TAKS-M
          mathematically, but has a disability that affects
          mathematics calculation or the physical reproduction
          of numbers, a calculation device may be used.
         Important to determine whether the use of a
          calculation device is a matter of convenience or a
          necessary accommodation.
      Example: calculator would be appropriate only when a student
        knows what mathematical operations to use but needs assistance
        with calculation


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     Calculation Devices (R)                                          TAKS-
         Calculators may be adapted with large keys or voice           Accom
          output (talking calculators).
         In some cases, an abacus may be useful as it serves as
          a paper & pencil for some students with visual               TAKS-M
          impairments.
         If the use of the accommodation is distracting to
          other students, an individual admin is required.
         TAKS-Accom: Calculators allowed for Grade 7 & 8
          math test and Grade 8 Science test
         TAKS-M: ALL math & science tests

         No ARF required

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     Supplemental Aids (R)                                                  TAKS-
         A resource that includes information to assist a                    Accom
          student in recalling content.
         Use of supplemental aid as an accom does NOT replace the
          teaching of subject-specific skills as outlined in the state
          curriculum.                                                        TAKS-M
         If student’s disability affects long-term memory retrieval
          but not reasoning, a supp aid may be used.
         Student must be able to understand material being                  TELPAS
          assessed but may need assistance recalling info
                                                                              Reading
         Supp aid must serve only as a TOOL and not a
          source of direct answers – it cannot provide direct
          answers to the TEKS being tested.
         Important to determine if supp aid is matter of
          convenience or necessary accommodation.
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         Supplemental Aids (R)
             See Appendix F for examples of supplemental aids that do NOT
              require the submission of an ARF.
             For supplemental aids not described in Appendix F, ARF required
              for TAKS-Accommodated - copy of aid must be included with
              ARF – TEA must approve aid before it can be used on test


             TAKS-M: Supp aids that serve as a tool & not a source of direct
              answers are allowed without submission of an ARF
             TELPAS Reading: decisions regarding supp aids should be made
              based on whether student is also being assessed with TAKS-Accom or
              TAKS-M


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     Manipulatives (R)                                                     TAKS-
         Concrete objects that students can move & touch in                 Accom
          order to help them visualize abstract concepts.
         Must serve only as a TOOL and not a source of direct
          answers – cannot provide direct answers to the TEKS               TAKS-M
          being tested.
         Manipulatives approved for use on TAKS-Accom
          without submission of an ARF:
             Non-labeled geometric figures
             Coins, clocks with gears, base-ten blocks
             Non-labeled fraction pieces
             Various types of counters (e.g., beans, blocks, etc.)



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     Manipulatives (R)                                            TAKS-
         Must submit an ARF for manipulatives                      Accom
          not listed on previous slide (TAKS-
          Accom)
             description of manipulative must be included         TAKS-M
              with ARF
             can only use it for test if approved by TEA


         TAKS-M: can use manipulatives that
          serve as a tool and not a source of direct
          answers without submission of an ARF


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     Blank Graphic Organizers (R)                                       TAKS-
         Students who have processing problems may benefit               Accom
          from the use of blank graphic organizers.
         Examples of common graphic organizers:
             Webs, charts, and boxes                                    TAKS-M
             Do NOT contain any wording, numbering, or symbols
         Note: Graphic organizers that contain any words,
          numbers or symbols are considered supplemental
          aids.
                                                                         TELPAS
         No ARF required for use of blank graphic organizers             Reading
         TELPAS Reading: decisions regarding use of blank graphic
          organizers should be made based on whether student is
          also being assessed with TAKS-Accom or TAKS-M


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     Minimizing Distractions to Student (S)                          TAKS
         Student may need an accommodation that minimizes
          external and/or internal distractions.
                                                                      TAKS-
         Some examples may be students who concentrate                Accom
          best while working in a study carrel or wearing noise
          buffers, such as earplugs or headphones.
                                                                      TAKS-M
       No    ARF required

                                                                      TELPAS
                                                                       Reading
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     Individual Administration (S)                                   TAKS
         A student may receive an individual administration.

         A trained test administrator MUST be present in the         TAKS-
          testing room at all times                                    Accom

       No    ARF required
                                                                      TAKS-M

                                                                      TELPAS
                                                                       Reading
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     Small-Group Administration (S)                                   TAKS
         A student may be tested in a small group.
         A trained test administrator MUST be present in the
          testing room at all times.                                   TAKS-
         The state does not define how many students                   Accom
          constitute a small-group administration.
         Groupings for this accom should be based on
          student need and, in all cases, should be smaller than       TAKS-M
          the number of students in a traditional testing room


       No    ARF required                                             TELPAS
                                                                        Reading
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     Extended Time – Testing Over Two Days (T)                          TAKS
         Will be approved only for a small number of
          students who are in unique situations.
         Students who may need extended time include (but               TAKS-
          are not limited to) those who:
             Take a braille version of the test
                                                                          Accom
             Have a serious medical condition
             Have a severe physical impairment
             Have a severe emotional disturbance                        TAKS-M

         Not intended for all students in a specific disability
          category – only for those with unique situations and           TELPAS
          a proven need.
                                                                          Reading
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     Extended Time – Testing Over Two Days (T)                                     TAKS
         Examples:
             Not appropriate for all students who have autism but ony
              for those who have documented success with the use of
              extended time on assignments similar in length & rigor to
                                                                                    TAKS-
              the state assessments.                                                 Accom
             Not appropriate for students with test anxiety, attention
              deficit disorder (ADD), limited English proficiency (LEP),
              or for students needing extra time to complete specific
              testing strategies unless there are other extenuating factors         TAKS-M
              that make a student’s situation unique.


          MUST submit an ARF that specifically states why
      
          the student needs this accom – must be approved by
                                                                                    TELPAS
          TEA before student can use it for testing.                                 Reading
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     Extended Time – Testing Over Two Days (T)
         Prior to submitting an ARF, schools should consider whether other,
          less restrictive accommodations may allow the student to complete
          the assessment in one day:
             Individual or small-group administration
             Frequent breaks
             Dividing test into short sections
             Use of a scribe
             Oral administration if eligible


         Also important to consider the assessment that the student will be
          taking, including any built-in accoms such as format changes &
          fewer items that are inherent in some tests.


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     Extended Time – Testing Over Two Days (T)
         Specific conditions for approved two-day administration in order to
          maintain test security and confidentiality:
             Assessments MUST be administered in the same order as they are for all
              other students
             Use of two days to complete a subject-area test may require an individual
              administration
             Student may NOT return to any previously viewed passages, items, or
              written responses on the second day of testing
             More specific conditions & specific testing dates will be provided with the
              approved ARF


         In all cases, the schedule for the return of testing materials MUST
          be maintained.

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     Multiple or Frequent Breaks (T)                                    TAKS
         May benefit students who cannot concentrate
          continuously for an extended period or who become
          frustrated or stressed easily (e.g., students with autism      TAKS-
          or severe behavioral disabilities).
                                                                          Accom
         May also be helpful for students taking medications
          that affect their ability to stay alert or who fatigue
          easily.
         Test booklet may be divided into short sections, by            TAKS-M
          using paper clips or adhesive notes, so that students
          can take a break between each section.
         A timer may be used so that students can take breaks           TELPAS
          at planned intervals.                                           Reading
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     Multiple or Frequent Breaks (T)                                        TAKS
         Students may be allowed to take brief breaks in the testing
          room during a test session.
         When student are taking a break, testing personnel should
          ensure that they do NOT participate in any activity that
                                                                             TAKS-
          may potentially give them access to information related to          Accom
          any subject-area test content.
           For example, reading books or magazines is NOT
            permitted.
         During breaks, test booklets MUST be closed with answer
                                                                             TAKS-M
          documents inside – students must be closely monitored to
          ensure they do NOT discuss the content of the test.
         Use of this accommodation may require individual or                TELPAS
          small-group administration.
                                                                              Reading
         No ARF required
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     Visual/Verbal/Tactile Reminders to Stay on Task (T)                    TAKS
         May benefit students who lose focus easily.
         Reminders to stay on task are “general” in nature.
             For example, a TA may say “You need to continue working” or    TAKS-
              “You are on page X.”                                            Accom
             TA may gently tap a student’s shoulder or desk to redirect
              his/her attention to the test.

                                                                             TAKS-M
         Use of this accommodation may require an individual
          or small-group administration.
                                                                             TELPAS
       No      ARF required                                                  Reading


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      Contact Information
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         Brenda Booth      881-2427
           bkbooth@episd.org




             Testing Center Phone Number
               881-2420




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