In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

The STAAR program includes annual assessments for:
  • Reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
  • Writing at grades 4 and 7
  • Science at grades 5 and 8
  • Social studies at grade 8
  • End-of-course assessments for English I, English II,  Algebra I, biology and U.S history.
Beginning in 2016, TEA will voluntarily administer STAAR EOC assessments for English III and Algebra II.


Accommodations, or supports, are changes to materials or procedures that enable students to access learning and testing. It is important to keep in mind that while some accommodations may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate or allowable on a statewide assessment. The accommodation resources on this website are provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for districts to use in implementing accessibility policies for STAAR and TELPAS.

2018 Accessibility

With regards to state assessments, accessibility means ensuring that each student can interact appropriately with the content, presentation, and response mode of the test. Assessments should allow all test takers to demonstrate their knowledge of the content being tested without the format of the assessment, non-tested language, or the type of response needed to answer the questions being barriers. In order to meet this goal, various features and accommodations are made available on STAAR paper and online tests to students who use the same or similar supports during classroom instruction.

TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information.

To view or print out the accessibility policies as one file, use the following link: 2018 Accessibility Policies

  1. Accessibility Features: These are procedures and materials that are allowed for any student who needs them.

  2. Designated Supports: These are locally-approved supports for students who meet eligibility criteria.

  3. Designated Supports Requiring TEA Approval: These supports require the submission and approval of a TEA Accommodation Request Form.

STAAR Accommodation Resources

Supplemental Aids - Resources