The Testing Coordinator Connection

March 2023

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Districts can expect to receive the initial order of secure test materials for STAAR Alternate 2 between February 27 and March 3. A training video on how to handle secure test materials will be available in early March. If needed based on initial orders received, districts may order additional paper test materials between March 3 and April 21. In TIDE, select “STAAR Alternate 2, Paper Materials Management” from the Administration Task dropdown menu to view more information.


The testing window for the 2023 Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) is open through March 31, 2023. As a reminder, all TELPAS tests must be completed, uploaded, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on March 31.

  • Online listening and speaking assessments and online reading and writing assessments should be completed in the Test Delivery System (TDS) for all eligible students in grades 2–12.
  • Holistic ratings should be uploaded in TIDE using the Holistic Rating Upload template for all eligible students in kindergarten and grade 1 and any students in grades 2–12 who are eligible for a special holistic administration of the listening, speaking, or writing.
  • Responses for special paper administrations of reading for any eligible students in grades 2–12 should be entered into the Data Entry Interface (DEI).

The testing window for the 2023 TELPAS Alternate is open through March 31, 2023. District testing personnel should enter students’ Observable Behaviors into DEI by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on March 31.

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Results Guidance Tables

TEA has released early results guidance tables to assist with raw scores and how to better make decisions about accelerated instruction before final scores are released on 5/31/23 for EOC and 8/11/23 for STAAR 3-8.

Credit for Military Enlistment

-Districts must obtain a completed DD Form 4 “Enlistment/Reenlistment Document-
Armed Forces of the United States” from a student who has enlisted. The DD Form 4
must be completed in full, including all required signatures by the student and the
enlistment officer. An example of the DD Form 4 is available from the DoD site here.

-Based on stakeholder feedback, the district can choose to redact the Social Security Number field and the Department of Defense ID Number field when submitting to the agency.

-Redacting these two fields will not void the CCMR credit awarded for military enlistment or credit for the calculation of the CCMR OB.

-There must be enough data visible to match the form to the graduate.

-Districts must not redact the signature fields of the student or enlistment officer. The enlistment date must also not be redacted.

-CCMR credit is earned for graduates who enlist in the military by December 31 following graduation. The DD Form 4 must include the date of enlistment. Districts will submit the completed DD Form 4 via a secure upload process through the TEAL Accountability application. The process will be similar to the CCMR Verifier system.

-The submission window for 2023 annual graduates will occur in spring 2024. The
the submission window for 2024 annual graduates will occur in spring 2025, and so forth.
Graduates for whom a completed DD Form 4 is submitted will receive CCMR credit for
military enlistment in both the academic accountability system and CCMR Outcomes
Bonus calculations.

- If a district cannot obtain the DD Form 4 or does not upload the form during the
the official submission process, military enlistment credit will not be awarded.

-The securely uploaded DD Form 4 document will be the only form of
documentation accepted to document military enlistment for CCMR credit and
will only be accepted via the process outlined previously.

-TEA will review and securely store the DD Form 4. The agency has established procedures and responsibilities for handling data and storing personally identifiable student information. TEA will continue to maintain the highest level of information security.

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IBCs and Programs of Study

TEA explored several ways to phase in requirements to align IBCs and Programs of Study and phase out sunsetting IBCs. Feedback centered around the balance between rigor (ensuring that Texas is a leader in postsecondary success) and fairness (ensuring districts have time to adjust to changes in the system).

Based on feedback and additional data analyses, TEA proposes two updates.

  1. For cut point modeling, and beginning with 2023 ratings, limit the percentage of graduates who only meet CCMR criteria via a sunsetting IBC to five graduates, or 20 percent of graduates, whichever is higher. This limit would be applied within Student Achievement and School Progress, Part B: Relative Performance, and would not be applied within Closing the Gaps.
  2. TEA proposes pushing back the transition an additional year so that the
    requirement to earn an IBC plus an aligned Level 2+ course would apply to the Class of 2024, the concentrator requirement would apply to the Class of 2025, and the completer requirement would apply to the Class of 2026. Based on data analysis and statutory requirements, the transition plan maintains the completer requirement when fully implemented. Analysis shows the concentrator requirement has a minimal impact on wages compared to the completer requirement, which has a positive impact on wages. In addition, completer status is currently required in statute.


Q: If a student who takes an EOC as a retest in Summer 2022 and fails, Fall 2022 and fails, and Spring 2023 and either passes or fails, would they be counted three times for the overall Accountability (assuming they did not move campuses or districts)?

A: No, only the best result is selected for each result that meets the accountability subset rule. They would only be counted once in the denominator for accountability.

Here is an example in the picture below.

You can find more information on page 11 of the 2022 Accountability Manual.

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Training Opportunities

  • STAAR Alternate 2 Accommodations

The How to Enter STAAR Alternate 2 Accommodations training video is now available in the Enter Student Information into TIDE section of the District and Campus Coordinators Resources. This video will review the two ways to record information in TIDE for students who are assessed with STAAR Alternate 2.

  • RLA Oral and Signed Administration

The Oral and Signed Administration for Reading Language Arts (RLA) training video has been posted to the Learning Management System (LMS). This training video will provide a brief overview of the Oral and Signed Administration Policy and how it applies to Reading Language Arts.

Important Links


The District and Campus Coordinator Resources, a collection of webpages, is prepared for its initial publishing at the beginning of each school year.

Texas Assessment - Testing Personnel

Resources and information needed to prepare for and administer the Texas Assessment Program.

Analytic Portal

This feature allows users to view, analyze, and download assessment summary reports. Users can disaggregate and filter data and download reports in a PDF or CSV format.

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