1. Accessibility Features May be Provided to any Student Based on Their Need
Did you know that accessibility features may be provided to any student based on their need? A good rule of thumb is that if a student in your class regularly and successfully uses these procedures or materials during instruction, they should have the same ones available during STAAR.
You can’t prompt or require that the student use the feature, however as a test-administrator you still have to make it available.
2. What Are the Accessibility Features I Can Offer?
There’s an impressive list of all the accessibility features available during STAAR testing:
- Amplification Devices
- Bilingual Dictionaries
- Color Overlay / Setting
- General Reminders to Stay on Task
- Highlighters and Colored Pencils
- Individual Administration
- Magnifying Devices / Zoom
- Minimize Distractions
- Photocopying or Enlarging Non-secure Test Materials
- Place Markers and Guidelines
- Projection Devices
- Read Aloud Writing Prompt to Students
- Read Test Aloud to Self
- Reading Assistance for Third Grade Math
- Scratch Paper, Notes Tool, Sticky Notes
- Signing Test Directions
- Small Group
- Translating Test Directions
- Typing Assistance for 4th Grade Writing
3. Some Accessibility Features are Built in to the Online Testing Platform
Many of the accessibility features are built in to the online testing platform. You should plan for your student to use the STAAR online tutorial to practice accessing these features. This way they’ll be prepared come test day. Features like color overlay / color setting, highlighters and colored pencils, zoom, place markers and guidelines, scratch paper and notes tool, and sticky notes are already embedded into the platform.
4. General Accessibility Features are Available to Any Student Who Regularly Benefits From Them
Accessibility features aren’t limited to only a select population of students. Any student who regularly uses these features can use them on test day. However, there are more intensive versions available to qualifying students in the form of designated supports. Examples of those include oral administration, large print, or signed administration or videos.
5. Know What Your Students Will Use on Test Day
Knowing what your students will use on test day is critical for planning. For example, a student who needs the feature of ‘reading the test aloud to self’, might need to have the test administered in another room to prevent distracting their fellow students. The impact on other students and the need for security and confidentiality are additional important points to consider.