November 28, 2022 Assessment Smore

The latest news from ESC 17 with information from TEA

New Calendar Resources

Region 12 created state assessment and college readiness assessment calendars that you can subscribe to. The calendars give you the ability to add them to your work calendar as well as opt to receive reminder emails and/or texts for upcoming dates

Also I have uploaded calendars in our DTC/Assessment Resources drive in the Testing Calendar Folder

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STAAR Redesign Training at ESC 17

We have had several districts request a repeat session of the STAAR Redesign training on November 3rd led by our ESC Specialists. We will be doing the training again on Monday, January 30th. The morning time will be in a whole group session where we will give the latest STAAR training and updates. The afternoon time will be spent with our content specialists focusing on new item types, scoring rubrics, and blueprints specific to their content.

We hope you are able to join us! Session 919802

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STAAR Interim

  • New item types will be included on all STAAR Interim assessments, except constructed responses.
  • Student registration: August 22nd - April 7th
  • Window 1 (RLA and Math): November 7th - December 16th
  • Window 2 (Science and Social Studies): November 7th - April 14th
  • Window 3 (RLA and Math): January 10th - April 14th
  • Check out the TEA Webpage on STAAR Interims for more information

New Overlay Tool

The graphing tool in the Test Delivery System (TDS) has been updated to include a draw functionality. The tool has been renamed Graph/Draw and is available for mathematics, science, and social studies tests. Reading language arts tests do not have this tool, as there are notepad and sticky notes tools available. The Graph/Draw tool allows students to plot points and lines and includes free-form draw functionality with multiple colors.

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Texas Formative Assessment Resource

  • This click sheet is to help with turning on accommodations in TIDE for TFAR.
  • TEA has said it might take 24 hours from the time assessments are published to become available in the TDS.
  • There are some content specific TFAR trainings that are coming to ESC 17 in the Spring! Be on the lookout for this information.


TEA sent a STAAR Redesign email to all teachers in Texas based on the email they use for their SBEC. This email was sent on November 14th and the content can be found here.

Planning Ahead - Document Retention


The following materials should be retained locally for a period of five years

● STAAR Materials Control Form

● Seating charts with start and stop times

● Shipping notices

● Signed oaths (GENERAL)


● Districts are required to maintain shipping records for five years.

● Signed oaths (GENERAL) for five years

● Districts are to follow their own materials retention policy for maintaining records for STAAR Alternate 2.


● Student rating roster will be kept on file for one year

● Student writing collections for grades 2–12, including TELPAS Writing Collection Cover Sheet and Verification Checklist be kept in the student's’ permanent record files for two years from the time of rating

● Signed oaths (GENERAL) for five years

● Districts are required to maintain shipping records for five years.


● Oath (GENERAL) will be kept on file for at least five years

● Completed Observable Behaviors Inventories will be kept in the students’ permanent record files for two years from the time of completion.

● Districts are required to maintain shipping records for five years.

Upcoming Trainings

November 28th - 1:30 - DTC Zoom

November 29th- AM - STAAR ALT 2 Training-900331

December 5th - PM - STAAR ALT 2(repeat)- 900355

December 7th- AM - STAAR ALT 2(repeat) - 900356

December 8th - STAAR Redesign for Math - 907275

January 20th - STAAR Redesign for RLA 3-5 - 913807

January 24th - Lead4Ward STAAR4ward for Literacy (3rd gr to EOC) - 907366

January 30th - STAAR Redesign Repeat Session - 919802

Feb 16th - AM - New CTCs and All DTCs - 901463

Ashley Nelson - Regional Testing Coordinator

Ashley is the Education Specialist working with State Assessments, Tutoring, Intervention, HB4545, and the At Bats Online Assessment Initiative. Please reach out with any questions