STAAR Alternate 2

General Information about STAAR Alternate 2

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate 2 (STAAR Alternate 2) fulfills federal requirements of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (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 individually to each eligible student enrolled in grades 3–8 and end-of-course (EOC) subjects. STAAR Alternate 2 is administered to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities who are receiving special education services in the following grades and subjects:

  • grades 3–8 reading

  • grades 3–8 mathematics

  • grades 5 and 8 science

  • grade 8 social studies

  • grades 4 and 7 writing

  • Algebra I, English I, English II, biology, and U.S. history

For more information on STAAR Alternate 2 refer to the Texas Education Agency's website or click on STAAR Alternate 2.