All About the STAAR Alternate 2 Test

All About the STAAR Alternate 2 Test


Your Child and the STAAR Alternate 2 Test



This assessment is for students who have been determined to have a significant cognitive disability and meet the state's participation requirements for STAAR Alternate 2. 

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Information for Parents About the STAAR Alternate 2 Test


Who? Students who have been determined to have a significant cognitive disability and meet the state's participation requirements for STAAR Alternate 2.
What? TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind.
When? STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given in the spring. The number of tests your child takes each year depends on what grade he or she is in for grades 3–8 or if the student is enrolled in high school courses that have an end-of-course (EOC) test. The STAAR Alternate 2 assessment is administered during a five-week administration window and may include breaks as needed depending on the individual student.
Where? STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given to students at their own school or an alternate site in special circumstances. The testing environment is adjusted to avoid distractions and arranged in in ways that ensure each student's individual accommodations are available.
Why? STAAR Alternate 2 tests are designed to measure student learning according to academic curriculum and to inform the educational program for each individual student. The goal is to ensure that all students get what they need to be academically successful. Meeting these individual student needs depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working together.
How? STAAR Alternate 2 tests for grades 3–8 and EOC are only offered in paper formats.


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Testing Calendar

All STAAR Alternate 2 tests are given during a five-week administration window during the spring semester. Download this calendar to find out when your child will be tested in the coming school year.

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Allowable Accommodations for Students Taking STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate 2 Online Resources



Helpful Links

Check out the links below to quickly get where you need to go:


STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Resources

Special Education Information and Call Center


Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

This program gives one-time $1500 grants to families of students served by special education.