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What is STAAR Alternate 2?

STAAR Alternate 2 is an assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities receiving special education services. It is only available for students who meet participation requirements. STAAR Alternate 2 has been developed to meet federal requirements of both ESEA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). ESEA requires that all students be assessed in specific grades and subjects throughout their academic career, whereas IDEA requires that students with disabilities have access to the same standards as their non-disabled peers and be included in statewide assessments.

STAAR Alternate 2 is a standardized item-based assessment administered to students in a one-on-one setting. Participating students will respond to questions provided in a test booklet, and answers will be submitted by the test administrator in an online form. More specific information, including the participation requirements, is available on the STAAR Alternate 2 Resources webpage at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/.


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