STAAR Newsletter - October 2013

District Testing Coordinators

School Year 2013-2014

Welcome to a new school year and another testing year. We have quite a few changes in state assessment this year. I would like to use this newsletter as a forum to keep you informed of changes that will occur throughout this year. I will add links of items that might be of interest to you in each newsletter.


We now have a TSNAP group for Region 3. Dionne Hughes with VISD is heading this new group up for our Region. If you are not a member of TSNAP I strongly recommend that you consider becoming a member and joining our group. We now have a name for our group called CARATS: Crossroad Area Regional Association of Testing Supervisors. Click on the title "TSNAP - Region 3" above to be linked to the TSNAP organization. You can access valuable information on the TSNAP site.


Lead4Ward 3DX - Assessment, Accountability, & Action -- John Fessenden WS#35789

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 8:30am-3:30pm

VISD Conference Center

Leadership Services welcomes campus and district level administrators to a day of current information regarding assessment, accountability, & action. Take the information that John Fessenden with Lead4Ward presents and you have an action plan to address assessment and accountability with success!

Coordinators please be aware that you may attend this event but if your district is not a part of the Leadership Contracted Services or Counselor Symposium you will have to pay the non-coop fee for this event.


Survival Tips for Assessment Coordinators - NET3 WS#35789

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 9am-12pm

NET3 from ESC3

We will discuss tips and tricks that will help you be the best Assessment Coordinator you can be. The tips we will discuss will be how to keep organized, where to find information, and other information that will help.

Please note that September 26, 2013 WS# 35784 has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict. I will be incorporating the material for that NET3 into this one.

We will learn how to navigate the Texas Assessment Management System (TAMS). Find out what is important and where to find training resources to access different parts of the TAMS system.


District Assessment Coordinator Training WS#36043

Thursday, Jan. 16th 2014 at 9am-4pm

VISD Conference Center - Rm D

This is a required 1 day training for all District Testing Coordinators in preparation for the 2014 State Assessment Programs. We will be offering two opportunities for this training. DTCs only need to attend 1 of the 2 opportunities because the same material will be presented at both events. You are welcome to bring your CTCs, Counselors, Administrators, and anyone else who will be assisting you in planning and executing a successful year of testing in your district.


District Assessment Coordinator Training WS#36044

Thursday, Jan. 23rd 2014 at 9am-4pm

Region 3 Education Service Center - RM 120-121

This is a required 1 day training for all District Testing Coordinators in preparation for the 2014 State Assessment Programs. We will be offering two opportunities for this training. DTCs only need to attend 1 of the 2 opportunities because the same material will be presented at both events. You are welcome to bring your CTCs, Counselors, Administrators, and anyone else who will be assisting you in planning and executing a successful year of testing in your district.


Register for any of the above Workshops with the link below.