Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Data-Driven Practice 5C, 5D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

How do you determine which students need to take the regular state assessment or an alternative assessment? In this 15-minute course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones explains everything you need to know about Texas state assessments and how they apply to students with disabilities. When you have completed this session, you will understand the state assessment policy, procedural takeaways, essential teacher practices, and some key ideas you’ll want to remember.

This course is part of the Keys to Special Education series.

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The state of Texas administers assessments to all students, including individuals with disabilities, as a key part of federal funding and accountability measures. As a teacher, ensure you fully understand your responsibilities under state assessments and what that means for you back in the classroom when it comes to students receiving special education services.

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones shares the federal policy, local procedures, and teacher best practices behind Texas state assessments. This session works well for training staff on special education topics and effectively meeting the needs of students with disabilities within the guidelines of the law. It is a part of the Keys to Special Education series which focuses on identifying students with disabilities, delivering essential interventions and supports, and complying with best practices and federal guidelines.

In this 15-minute course, you will learn:

  • Why there is a state assessment requirement for special education
  • Testing formats for ELL students and those with an IEP or 504 plan
  • Participation requirements for alternative assessment
  • Presentation and environmental testing accommodations
  • How supplemental aids can support students during testing

This series is an essential part of properly training your staff on special education topics, improving special education servicing on your campus, and meeting state accountability measures.

All courses in this series:

Keys to Special Education – Child Find
Keys to Special Education – Interventions
Keys to Special Education – Dyslexia
Keys to Special Education – Evaluation
Keys to Special Education – Reevaluation
Keys to Special Education – FAPE
Keys to Special Education – IEP Content
Keys to Special Education – IEP Implementation
Keys to Special Education – Least Restrictive Environment
Keys to Special Education – State Assessments
Keys to Special Education – IEP Committees
Keys to Special Education – Instructional Strategies
Keys to Special Education – Graduation
Keys to Special Education – ECI Transition
Keys to Special Education – Secondary Transition
Keys to Special Education – Behavior Interventions
Keys to Special Education – Disproportionality
Keys to Special Education – Teacher Evaluations in Texas
Keys to Special Education – Behavior Intervention Plans Implementation
Keys to Special Education – Data Analysis
Keys to Special Education – Family Engagement
Keys to Special Education – Community Connection

Presenter Bio

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special education, Ayo provides educators teaching students with significant disabilities exactly what they need to survive and thrive. In her over 15 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, and developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities. She is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas and beyond as well as in West Africa, where she does outreach to underserved students.

Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers curriculum to teachers worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Best known for her engaging public speaking, Ayo’s captivating presence and witty delivery have made her a sought-after professional trainer.

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