TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.
TELPAS: Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System is used to assess the language acquisition of the students who are identified as English Language Learners. TELPAS assesses students in each of the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Students in Kindergarten thru first grades are assessed holistically by the teacher based on student performance in the classroom.
Students in second through twelfth grades are assessed in listening, speaking and reading through the administration of the online TELPAS assessment. Writing is assessed holistically by the teacher through the review of a collection of writing samples.