COMMON TESTING TERMINOLOGY
Scholastic Assessment Test
The SAT is a standardized test commonly used as part of the college admissions process.
American College Testing
The ACT is another option for a standardized test commonly used as part of the college admissions process.
Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized practice test for the SAT and serves as a qualifier for certain scholarship opportunities.
AP tests are standardized college-level tests that assess the mastery of content from the associated AP course, they also can serve to determine college credit or course placement.
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
STAAR is the standardized test used in the state of Texas to measure student learning in specific grades or content areas.
STAAR Alt is the standardized test used in the state of Texas to measure learning in specific grades or content areas for students with significant cognitive disabilities as determined by an ARD committee.
Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System
TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language.
TELPAS Alt is an assessment program in Texas public schools for students who are learning the English language, and who have a significant cognitive disability as determined by an ARD committee.
Texas Assessment Management System
TAMS is the online platform that holds information about STAAR and TELPAS testing both in general, and specific to your student (ex: About the STAAR test, View Student Scores, etc.).
Services for Students with Disabilities
SSD is the program used by College Board to manage services for students with disabilities, including accommodation requests.
End of Course Test
EOC tests assess students for mastery of the TEKS of the associated course, are tied to an associated STAAR test, and count towards their state testing requirements for graduation (ex: English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History)
Individual Graduation Committee
An IGC is a meeting to determine graduation qualification that is held for students who have not met their EOC state testing requirements. There are pre-requisite requirements for the student to complete prior to the meeting, and the meeting usually includes the student, a parent/ guardian, an administrator, a teacher(s) of record, and other education professionals.
Admission, Review, and Dismissal
An ARD is a meeting used to determine the eligibility and need for students that qualify for SPED services. The ARD committee usually consists of the student, a parent/ guardian, an administrator, the monitor teacher, teacher(s) of record, and other education professionals.
Section 504 Plan
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act covers students who don't meet the criteria for special education, but who still require some accommodations due to a disability.
Individualized Education Program
An IEP is a written legal document that lays out the program of instruction, supports, and services a specific student needs to make progress and thrive in school.
Limited English Proficient
LEP is a classification program meant to support English language learners.
Accommodations are tools documented and assigned to specific students by a set of education professionals, and are meant to address the specific needs of that student. These tools are assessed frequently for effectiveness and need, and the student must benefit from the use of the assigned procedures or materials during regular classroom instruction
Designated Supports (DS)
DS is another word to describe accommodations.
Accessibility features are tools available to ANY student, within reason, who regularly benefit from the use of the procedures or materials during regular classroom instruction.