Dictionaries & References

STAAR® DICTIONARY POLICY* The Texas State Assessment Program has issued policies (Texas Education Agency, 2019) for dictionary use on the STAAR® (including STAAR Modified). Dictionaries must be available to all students taking: Reading assessments at Grades 3–8 Writing assessments at Grades 4 and 7 Spanish Reading assessments at Grades 3–5 Spanish Writing assessment at Grade 4 English I, II, and III Reading and Writing assessments

Although a thesaurus is not required, they are allowable on all of the assessments listed above, either in combination with a dictionary or as a separate resource. THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF DICTIONARIES ARE ALLOWABLE ON THE STAAR®: Standard dictionaries in English or the most appropriate language Dictionary/thesaurus combinations Bilingual dictionaries* ESL dictionaries* Sign language dictionaries Picture dictionaries * Bilingual and ESL dictionaries should be provided in accordance with individual student needs based on how