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2015-16 RRISD State Assessment News - Volume IV


House Bill (HB) 743:

  • STAAR Grades 4 & 7 Writing – Writing assessments have been redesigned so that each assessment can be administered on a single day within a four-hour time period.
  • STAAR Grades 3-8 – To meet the legislative requirement to reduce the length of each assessment while maintaining valid and reliable assessments, there will be no embedded field-test questions for the spring 2016 administrations. There will be only one form of each STAAR assessment in grades 3–8.
  • STAAR Grades 3-8 - To determine more precisely what adjustments to the tests might be needed to meet legislative requirements, TEA will collect data on students’ answer documents during the spring 2016 test administrations on the time it takes students to complete the assessments.
  • STAAR Grades 3-8 and EOC - School districts and charter schools will be required to identify students who have moved to Texas from out-of-state within the past year.


Delivery of STAAR March 2016 Secure Testing Materials to campuses will be March 21 and March 22, unless other arrangements have been made. If you do not want your secure testing materials included in this delivery, please contact Dee Simpson at ext. 5475 or


Important_Changes_to_the_Texas_Assessment_Program_for_2015-16 School Year

Key changes beginning in January 2016 include the following:

• online training courses and calibrations will be available at a new website that will allow for a more streamlined training experience
calibration must be completed in a monitored setting
• the number of opportunities to calibrate will be reduced from three sets to two sets
• supplemental support provider training requirements will be eliminated
• local procedures must be established for verifying the completion of training and calibration
• training history will no longer be available

Calibration procedures are being streamlined to simplify the process while enhancing security.

Mark your Calendar!! STAAR - Test Materials Turn-In to Assessment

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Helpful Resources

Campus Testing Coordinators - Upcoming Training Dates

TELPAS Session Setup Training - These will be two-hour sessions, beginning every two hours until 3:00 pm. We will help campuses set up test sessions for TELPAS students.

Please register in eCampus:

2/24/2016 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Technology Center

2/25/2016 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Technology Center

State Database Use & Training - Sessions will focus on use of the State database for test administrations. Each session will last about 2 hours and be held throughout the day (start times - 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm)

Please register in eCampus:

2/26/2016 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Technology Center

3/1/2016 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Technology Center

For a complete list of upcoming mandatory training dates, please click:

Google Document - Assessment eCampus Training Dates

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