TExES Special Education Certification Practice Test!

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TExES Special Education Certification Practice Test!

If you’re an aspiring public-school teacher in the state of Texas, this quiz will help you acquire your TExES Special Education Certification, a certification you’ll get for passing an exam designed to measure your knowledge and skills in the field of special education. Do you think you have what it takes to change a life and impart wisdom? Take this quiz and we’ll see if you’re on your way!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    John has recently been in a fight with another student in school. The school's policy calls for suspension from school when a student is caught fighting. John is a student with mild mental retardation and as a special education student, his ARD Committee must first conduct a manifestation determination hearing (review) to determine which of the following?
    • A. 

      The change in placement that would be the most appropriate.

    • B. 

      Why his IEP wasn't able to address his behavior problems.

    • C. 

      If his behavior was caused by his disability.

    • D. 

      What the punishment should be for his disruptive behavior.

  • 2. 
    Suzy is a student with severe learning disabilities. Which of the following placements is most likely to be the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for her?
    • A. 

      A separate classroom where she can concentrate on academic skills.

    • B. 

      Part of the day in regular education classes and the rest of the day in special education classes.

    • C. 

      A setting that can best meet her educational needs.

    • D. 

      Spending all day in the regular classroom with age appropriate friends.

  • 3. 
    Mr. Guest has a new paraprofessional in his classroom. How can the paraprofessional best prepare to perform her duties?
    • A. 

      Review the IEP goals and objectives of all the special education students in the class.

    • B. 

      Mr. Guest should assign specific students to the paraprofessional who will be her responsibility.

    • C. 

      Mr. Guest should remind the paraprofessional that only teachers have the authority to discipline students.

    • D. 

      Mr. Guest should make sure that the paraprofessional does not have access to student information for legal reasons.

  • 4. 
    Sandra is being evaluated for her possible need and eligibility for special education services. The school's LSSP wants to conduct an ecological assessment on her. An ecological assessment is...
    • A. 

      Intelligence and achievement tests.

    • B. 

      Interviews with her parents regarding her behavior, interests, etc.

    • C. 

      An adaptive behavior scale completed by the teacher.

    • D. 

      A classroom observation.

  • 5. 
    Dylan is a student who will be three years old within a few weeks and receives services from the county intervention program. He has severe speech, and language delays and his parents are planning for him to attend the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) at the local school district. If Dylan's transition from the Early Childhood Intervention Program to PPCD is to be successful, what needs to take place?
    • A. 

      There should be in-service training with all the current service providers and those in the PPCD program.

    • B. 

      Additional staff will need to be added to the existing PPCD program.

    • C. 

      There must be continuous communication and collaboration between the two programs.

    • D. 

      Dylan should start out attending PPCD 2 days per week and the Early Childhood Intervention Program 3 days per week.

  • 6. 
    Mrs. O'Day has several students in her classroom who have been struggling in reading. She is using the district's Response to Intervention approach to help the students by implementing individual interventions for each student. To ensure that the interventions she is using are effective which of the following should she do?
    • A. 

      Have weekly meetings with the students' parents.

    • B. 

      Review the students' standardized achievement tests each semester.

    • C. 

      Use progress monitoring.

    • D. 

      Gather reports from other teachers who work with the students.

  • 7. 
    Ms. Freeman teaches 2nd grade. She has had a few students who are really struggling with reading. In choosing interventions for her students, Ms. Freeman chooses interventions that are...
    • A. 

      Approved by the ARD committee.

    • B. 

      Used for students with learning disabilities in case these students eventually qualify for special education.

    • C. 

      The same ones used for other students in the class.

    • D. 

      Research-based and validated.

  • 8. 
    When considering a continuum of placement options and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students, a student with Autism may have the most challenges in the following placement?
    • A. 

      A physical education class with 80-90 students and free play for 20 minutes out of the 50-minute class.

    • B. 

      A classroom setting with only 9 - 10 students.

    • C. 

      An inclusion classroom that is very structured and the routine for daily activities are very consistent.

    • D. 

      An adaptive physical education class with small groups of students.

  • 9. 
    Ms. Mc Dougald has a new 5th-grade student who has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia. She knows that this means she will have to spend extra time to help the student with her.
    • A. 

      Spelling.

    • B. 

      Understanding of graphs.

    • C. 

      Handwriting.

    • D. 

      Receptive language.

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Pervasive developmental disorder.

    • B. 

      An emotional disturbance.

    • C. 

      Social maladjustment.

    • D. 

      Oppositional defiant disorder.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following laws made it mandatory for schools to provide an education for ALL students and could no longer deny children a public education based solely on the fact that they had a disability.
    • A. 

      PL 49-241

    • B. 

      NCLB

    • C. 

      PL 94-142

    • D. 

      IDEA

  • 12. 
    Which of the following assessments is NOT a formal assessment?
    • A. 

      CBM-Curriculum Based Monitoring Assessment

    • B. 

      IQ test

    • C. 

      TAKS/STAAR

    • D. 

      Graduate Record Exam-GRE

  • 13. 
    A student who has difficulty with changes in daily activities experiences repetitive or obsessive/compulsive behaviors, and is very sensitive to noise in the environment may be identified as a student with
    • A. 

      An Emotional Disturbance

    • B. 

      An Other Health Impairment

    • C. 

      A Traumatic Brain Injury

    • D. 

      Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • 14. 
    Carol is a student who often has difficulty in class. Many times she refuses to do her work, becomes the class clown during Language Arts, and can be defiant when working with other students in a small reading group.  Based on this information, Carol may be a student with
    • A. 

      A Learning Disability

    • B. 

      An Emotional Disturbance

    • C. 

      An Other Health Impairment

    • D. 

      Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability

  • 15. 
    According to IDEA-the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, providing a student with a disability a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) is the direct responsibility of...
    • A. 

      The local education agency-school district

    • B. 

      The parents

    • C. 

      The federal government

    • D. 

      The Texas Education Agency

  • 16. 
    Mr. Jones has a new student in his class who has been diagnosed with a learning disability. The student is having difficulty retaining information. With the help of the special education teacher, Mr. Jones is now teaching the student mental techniques such as keywords, rhymes, poems, and jingles to use as cues and to organize information. These techniques used to help the student with memory are called...
    • A. 

      Cognitive behavioral modifications

    • B. 

      Problem based learning

    • C. 

      Social stories

    • D. 

      Mnemonics

  • 17. 
    Susan is in the 5th grade and does not have any behavioral problems in the classroom. However, she always has difficulty organizing tasks that require sustained mental effort. Although she can remain seated for long periods of time and she frequently does not focus on her work. Sometimes Susan does not appear to be listening when the teacher is speaking directly to her and is distracted by everything around her. Susan is most likely diagnosed with which type of ADHD?.
    • A. 

      Predominantly inattentive type

    • B. 

      Combined type

    • C. 

      Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type

    • D. 

      Predominantly hyperactive inattentive type

  • 18. 
    Karen is a new student in Santa Fe JH. She has been diagnosed as a student with a traumatic brain Injury (TBI). Which of the following is most likely to be the cause of the TBI?
    • A. 

      A drug overdose

    • B. 

      A car accident

    • C. 

      A blood clot that resulting in having a stroke

    • D. 

      Delivery complications at birth

  • 19. 
    Ray's annual ARD meeting was held last month and now his parents are requesting another ARD meeting to discuss the services that Ray is receiving. According to IDEA, what is the appropriate response from the school?
    • A. 

      Tell the parents they just had his annual meeting and they will have to wait until next year.

    • B. 

      Consider the parents concerns and then determine if an ARD is necessary.

    • C. 

      Schedule the meeting at the earliest, mutually agreeable time.

    • D. 

      Tell the parents about their due process rights.

  • 20. 
    Amanda has been in special education as a student with an emotional disturbance for the last 4 years. Her parents now feel that she is not benefiting from the special education program and have requested that she be removed from all special education services. According to IDEA 2004, what is the appropriate response from the district?
    • A. 

      Agree to remove all special ed services if the parent provides a written request.

    • B. 

      Remind the parents that they gave permission 4 years ago and that permission may not be revoked.

    • C. 

      Inform the parents that to remove her from special education they would have to first file for mediation.

    • D. 

      Tell the parents that they can discuss it at the next annual ARD meeting.

  • 21. 
    Ms. Robinson often has her students use a computer program to drill and practice addition and subtraction of fractions. The purpose of this activity for her students is to...
    • A. 

      Acquire new math skills

    • B. 

      Generalize skills to a new situation

    • C. 

      Extend skills

    • D. 

      Maintain existing skills

  • 22. 
    Carrie is a 5th-grade student with an orthopedic impairment and wears leg braces. Her teachers are concerned about her participating in PE class. What is the most appropriate solution for them to consider?
    • A. 

      Have her sit in the office when her class going to PE.

    • B. 

      Tell her to be very careful and not to climb on the bleachers in PE.

    • C. 

      Modify activities for her so that she can participate with her peers in PE.

    • D. 

      Have her mother come and help in the PE class so that Carrie can participate.

  • 23. 
    Kendall is a 6th-grade student with an intellectual disability (ID-previously MR) and her teacher is having difficulty getting her to do her work. Kendall says she is not good at doing schoolwork and always fails anyway. How can the teacher plan for Kendall?
    • A. 

      Ask the 1st-grade teacher for some of her worksheets since Kendall is working about a 1st-2nd-grade level.

    • B. 

      Give Kendall the same worksheets over and over until she gets it right.

    • C. 

      Be sure that the work that Kendall is receiving is in her Zone of Proximal Development.

    • D. 

      Concentrate on vocational skills and forget the academics.

  • 24. 
    • A. 

      Conduct an ARD meeting with the administrator and the special ed teacher, then change the IEP and send a copy to parents, explaining that the IEP needed to be modified.

    • B. 

      Send a copy to the parents, telling parents that the IEP needed to be modified without a meeting.

    • C. 

      Changes can only be made at an ARD meeting.

    • D. 

      Modify the IEP without a meeting as long as you have the school administrator's and the parent's approval.

  • 25. 
    Shawna is in the 4th grade and has significant intellectual disabilities. She spends most of her school day in a special education setting and she goes to general education PE and Art with the assistance of a paraprofessional. Shawna shows how she knows things best by doing activities rather than paper and pencil type tests.  Given this information, what form of the state assessment should the ARD committee seriously consider for Shawna?
    • A. 

      STAAR

    • B. 

      STAAR-M

    • C. 

      STAAR-Alt

    • D. 

      She is exempt from the state assessment