January/February 2016: Volume 7

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Did We Say We're Moving to Phase 2? Let's make that "Phase 2 Lite!"

In our previous issue of STAAR SASS!!! we reported that STAAR Performance Standards for the 2015-16 school year would be moving to Phase 2. Right after publishing, the commissioner proposed a STAAR performance phase in system for the state of Texas that would raise standards each year between now and the final recommended standard by smaller increments each year. This proposed phase in was filed with the Texas Register on December, 17, 2015, with an effective date of January 6, 2016. An illustration of the new phase in for 2016 including Phase 1, the original Phase 2, and final recommended (not changing) can be found through lead4ward's free resources (click here).
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Do you have what it takes to be a STAAR coordinating master or merely padawan? Come find out at the Annual Principal and Campus Testing Coordinator Training!

Are you ready for STAAR Training, padawans? We are offering two half day sessions. Participants are only required to attend one. Principals and their lead STAAR, sped STAAR, and TELPAS coordinators should plan to attend. Dates/times are as follows:

Thursday, February 18th: 12:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19th: 8:30 a.m.

Both sessions will be held in the Technology Building, Conference Rooms A&B. CTCs please bring a laptop or device if you would like to stay afterwards either day for training on the new ETS and Pearson systems.

Sign up is in Eduphoria Workshop.

NCLB is now ESSA, what does it mean for us?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. This new law replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As far as assessments, not much has changed. States are still required to administer the same tests annually that were required under NCLB. However, the rules for accountability have changed, eliminating the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with it's 100% proficiency requirement and essentially giving each state more control over its accountability system with federal guidelines built in (ie: subgroup examination, state assessment usage, grade rate usage, growth measure from year-to-year, etc). For a more thorough comparison of the two systems, please see a chart created in December, 2015, by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) by clicking here.

Leander ISD Assessment and Accountability Office

STAAR SASS! is a product of the LISD Assessment & Accountability Office. Please contact us with any questions.