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About STAAR Alt. 2

TEA has developed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (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. The Texas Education Agency (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. 

Texas definition of a student with a significant cognitive disability is a student who:

  • exhibits significant intellectual and adaptive behavior deficits in their ability to plan, comprehend, and reason, and ALSO indicates adaptive behavior deficits that limit their ability to apply social and practical skills such as personal care, social problem-solving skills, dressing, eating, using money, and other functional skills across life domains;
  • is NOT identified based on English learner designation or solely on the basis of previous low academic achievement or the need for accommodations; and
  • requires extensive, direct, individualized instruction, as well as a need for substantial supports that are neither temporary nor specific to a particular content area. 

Grades, Subjects and Courses Assessed

STAAR Alternate 2 is administered to students in grades 3rd-12th who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.

Calendar of Assessments

2023-2024 Student Assessment Testing Calendar

STAAR Study Resources For Students

STAAR Alternate Parent Training Materials | Texas Education Agency

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STAAR Alternate 2 (

STAAR Alternate 2 Resources | Texas Education Agency