All About the STAAR Alternate 2 Test

Your Child and the STAAR Alternate 2 Test

This assessment is for students who have been determined to have a significant cognitive disability and meet the state's participation requirements for the STAAR Alternate 2. Texas has adopted a definition of significant cognitive disability that can be found here.

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Information for Parents About the
STAAR Alternate 2 Test

Who?
Students who have been determined to have a significant cognitive disability and meet the state's participation requirements for the STAAR Alternate 2. Texas has adopted a definition of significant cognitive disability that can be found here: https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/STAAR_Alternate.
What?
TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind.
When?
STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given in the spring. The number of tests your child takes each year depends on what grade he or she is in for grades 3-8 or the EOC if the student is enrolled in at high school. The STAAR Alternate 2 assessment is administered during a three week period and may include breaks as needed depending on the individual student.
Where?
STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given to students at their own school or an Alternate site in special circumstances. The testing environment is adjusted to avoid distractions and arranged in in ways that ensure each student's individual accommodations are available.
Why?
STAAR Alternate 2 tests are designed to measure student learning according to academic curriculum and to inform the educational program for each individual student. The goal is to ensure that all students get what they need to be academically successful. Meeting these individual student needs depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working together.
How?
STAAR Alternate 2 tests for grades 3–8 and EOC are only offered in paper formats.

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Testing Calendar

All STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given during a three week window during the spring semester. Download this calendar to find out when your child will be tested in the coming school year.

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Allowable Accommodations for Students taking
STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate 2 Online Resources