STAAR Alternate 2 Resources


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 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. 

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 ESEA 1.0 Percent Waiver

The following image is an example form that LEAs received via electronic communication. Please do not complete the example form. 

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administration Resources



Updated Participation Requirements

STAAR Alternate 2 TEKS Alignment Documents

Use the links below to access STAAR Alternate 2 TEKS Alignment Documents.

STAAR Alternate 2 Performance Standards

STAAR Alternate 2 Data and Reports

Use the links below to access STAAR Alternate 2 Data and Reports.

STAAR Alternate 2 Training Resources

Texas Education Telecommunications Network

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Additional Resources


View archived STAAR Alternate files no longer in use.