The Testing Coordinator Connection

December 2021

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December 2021 STAAR EOC Administration

Additional Orders
  • Beginning November 29, 2021, districts may order additional paper test materials for the December administration in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). Districts should use the specific paper administration drop down in TIDE to order additional materials. All orders must be submitted by December 1, 2021.

Test Administrator Training Sessions

  • All recommended training sessions for test administrators on test security and testing procedures must be completed by December 3, 2021.

Assessment Materials
  • The General Instructions for Administering Braille Interim Assessments document, the General Instructions for Transcribing Griddable Questions document, and reference materials can be downloaded and printed as needed prior to the administration of the assessment. These materials are available in the General Resources section of TIDE.

Online Testing Information
  • Beginning December 6, 2021, districts will have the ability to set score codes under the Appeals/Score Code module in TIDE. Score codes for online testers must be indicated in TIDE by December 17, 2021.

  • Student test tickets for the December 2021 STAAR administration are available for printing through TIDE and must be provided to students testing online.


  • December 7- December 10: Paper and Online Testing

  • Districts wishing to test on Monday, December 6th must complete a Monday Testing Notice (rubric used to evaluate requests)

  • ENG I- December 7, makeups December 8, 9, and 10 only

  • ENG II- December 9, makeups December 10 only

  • A district may request to test students in two groups (across two consecutive days) for English I and English II by completing the Test Date Change Notice. All eligible submissions will be considered approved upon receipt but may be subject to further review by TEA.

  • December 13-December 17: Online Testing Only for Algebra I, U.S. History, and Biology

  • December 14: Deadline to ship all scorable materials.

  • December 17: Deadline to enter in all demographic information for December testers and ship nonscorable materials.


  • Part I of the DTC and Superintendent Oaths must be completed and submitted by the start of December testing in TIDE.

STAAR End-Of-Course Test Administrator Manual

Access the STAAR EOC Test Administrator Manual here.

  • Note: You only need enough manuals for December testing. You will be sent more TA manuals for the spring.

Mark Your Calendar!

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A final version of the Calendar of Events is posted on the website and in the Coordinator Resources. Printed copies will be delivered to districts, and a delivery date will be provided in an upcoming communication.

Upcoming Deadlines for Spring TELPAS

  • November 5th - December 3rd
  • Districts Submit Student Registration and Test Attribute Information in TIDE.

As applicable, the number of students registered in TIDE at the end of this window will be used to determine quantities of paper test materials delivered in a district’s shipment.

  • December 3rd
  • Initial Order Window Closes

Due date for confirming paper test material quantities and shipping addresses in TIDE.

Upcoming Deadlines for April STAAR EOC

  • December 13th - January 7th
  • Districts Submit OOS and OOD Test Sites

Window for districts to register each participating Out-of-School (OOS) and Out-of-District (OOD) test site via the test site registration form.

Spring STAAR Alternate 2 Materials

December 14th
  • Initial Order Materials List Available in TIDE

Materials lists are dynamic, and show the quantities of test materials a district is scheduled to receive in the initial shipment based on initial student registrations in TIDE. They are posted by campus and district level.

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Upload Additional Student Fields

Beginning December 3, 2021, the Upload Additional Student Fields file in TIDE will include more student demographic fields. This will help users to update specific fields for students and not have to use the student registration file upload where all fields must be populated.

The Upload Additional Student Fields file now includes all the fields below:

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Additional Updates to the DCCR

Additional updates have been made to the 2021–2022 District and Campus Coordinator Resources.

Refer to the What’s New page for a list of updates, which include:

  • The STAAR Accessibility Educator Guide for the 2021–2022 school year
  • A new Special Administration Request form
  • A new Locally Determined Disciplinary Action (LDDA) form, and
  • Information about receiving Confidential Student Labels

Texas Formative Assessment Resource (TFAR)

  • Beginning December 3, 2021, users will be able to select the new TFAR Teacher Authored Test option in the Plan and Manage Testing page in TIDE to view the participation report for TFAR.

Training Opportunities

The following training opportunities are now available in the Learning Management System:

  • Paper Management: Preparing for Paper Administration (recorded presentation)
  • Paper Management: Returning Materials (recorded presentation)
  • Data Cleanup Overview (PowerPoint presentation)
Texas Assessment - Testing Personnel

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

Recorded Webinars

The following recorded training webinars are available in the Learning Management System (LMS). In addition to the recording, the original PowerPoint presentations are available.

2021-2022 Education Service Center Testing Coordinator Training:

  • Section I - Student Assessment Updates
  • Section II - Assessments for Special Populations

  • Section III - Test Security

  • Section IV - Test Administration Procedures Overview

  • Section V - Key Reminders for a Successful Test Administration

2021 Fall Updates STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate TETN

The District and Campus Coordinator Resources, a collection of webpages, is prepared for its initial publishing at the beginning of each school year. For the 2021–2022 school year, additional updates are planned in the fall and again in the spring.

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.

Mary Caywood

Educational Consultant

(432) 567-3266