December 2014; volume 4

Elf the movie: Santa Announcement

Happy Holidays from Assessment and Accountability!

STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window Extended by TEA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that it will formally extend the STAAR Alternate 2 testing window to three weeks: February 9-27, 2015. Originally the window was scheduled to close on February 20th. In addition, the 10 day preview window for test administrators has expanded. Instead of the former 10-day preview rule, teachers may now review materials as soon as they are received on campus until the opening assessment day, February 9th. More information will be coming to campus test coordinators in early January regarding the materials management for STAAR Alternate 2.

December EOC Results Expected in January

The Texas Education Agency indicated that districts should receive December EOC score reports no later than January 14, 2015.

TELPAS Prep is Right Around the Corner!

Even though the online Reading TELPAS does not occur until the week of March 23rd, TELPAS preparation is not too far around the corner! TELPAS coordinators, please start thinking about the following questions: Who will be doing holistic ratings on your campus? Will they need basic training or just calibrations? Who will be your campus verifier this year? We will be asking for this information come January, so it may be good to ponder now ;)

STAAR Accommodated Online...Did You Know?

As many of you know, the new STAAR Accommodated online assessment has accessibility features (overlay color, zoom settings, placemarker, text-to-speech) that allow students to customize their screen color, font size, etc. But...did you know that students who are eligible for this test can have a list of their preferences with them during actual testing so they are reminded what settings work best for them during the live test? It's true! If you have questions regarding this option, please contact our office.

Data Validation Training

December 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Leander ISD Technology Building, 315 S. West Drive, Leander

This workshop is for STAAR Coordinators to share best practices, tips, and techniques for making sure that data is clean prior to precoding. This practice ultimately prevents testing errors, ensures accurate accountability reporting and keeps irritating "hand bubbling" to a minimum! We will be meeting in Tech Labs A & B.

Annual Principal and Campus Test Coordinator Training

February 19 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. or February 20 from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Leander ISD Technology Building, 315 S. West Drive, Leander

This training is for STAAR Lead, Sped, and TELPAS test coordinators as well as campus principals. If you fulfill one of these roles for your campus, please register for your preferred date via Eduphoria Workshop.

Leander ISD Assessment & Accountability Office

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