The Testing Coordinator Connection

March 2022

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New Resource!

How to Use DEI for TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate


  • A training video that explains “How to Use Data Entry Interface (DEI) for TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate” is now available in the LMS and on YouTube.


  • In addition, the DEI User Guide has been updated to include specific information about how to enter data into DEI for TELPAS) TELPAS Alternate.

Upcoming Deadlines & Important Dates

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February 21st - April 1st

TELPAS & TELPAS Alternate Assessment Window

  • TELPAS Grades K–12 Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • TELPAS Alternate Grades 2–12 Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing


April 1st

Districts Opt-in for Printed Report Cards and/or Opt-out of Printed Labels

  • Deadline for districts to request printed report cards and/or to decline printed labels in TIDE for TELPAS & TELPAS Alternate


April 4th

Preliminary Student Results Available in CRS for TELPAS Alternate

  • Results are updated as tests are submitted and scored.


April 5th

Districts Ship All Scorable TELPAS Materials

  • Deadline for districts to ship all answer documents to Pearson for scoring


April 8th

Districts Ship All Nonscorable TELPAS Materials

  • Deadline for districts to ship all other testing materials (test booklets, unused answer documents, etc.) to Pearson for reconciliation.
  • All test booklets must be returned by this date (April 8th).

STAAR Alternate 2


March 7th - March 11th

District Delivery of Initial Order Test Materials for STAAR Alternate 2

  • Window in which districts will receive initial shipment of secure and nonsecure paper test materials, including preprinted preID labels for STAAR Alternate 2


March 11th

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Training Sessions

  • Date to complete recommended training sessions for test administrators on test security and testing procedures


March 14th - April 29th

STAAR Alternate 2 Preview Window

  • Practice reading the script and following the presentation instructions before presenting the test stimulus in front of the student.
  • Review the scoring instructions for the 3rd item in each cluster in order to plan the teacher assistance that will be used for each individual student.
  • Review the student booklet and image cards to plan and prepare accommodations for students as needed.
  • The Preview window is NOT a pre-teach window.
  • Any presentation of secure test items or secure test material/information to a student prior to the administration of the test is considered a serious irregularity and should be reported as such.


March 21st - March 25th

STAAR Alternate 2 Additional Orders Window

  • Window for districts to order additional paper test materials not included in the initial order shipment.
  • Districts will use the specific paper administration drop down in TIDE to order additional materials.


March 28th - April 29th

STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment Window

  • STAAR Alternate 2 Grades 3–8 and EOC Assessments

April STAAR EOC

March 14th - March 18th

District Delivery of Initial Order Test Materials for April STAAR EOC

  • Window in which districts will receive initial shipment of secure and nonsecure paper test materials, including preprinted preID labels for STAAR Alternate 2


March 17th

April STAAR EOC Campus Coordinator Training Sessions

  • Date to complete recommended training sessions for campus coordinators on test security and testing procedures


March 25th - March 29th

English I & II Additional Orders Window

  • Window for districts to order additional paper test materials not included in the initial order shipment.
  • Districts will use the specific paper administration drop down in TIDE to order additional materials.


April 1st

April STAAR EOC Test Administrator Training Sessions

  • Date to complete recommended training sessions for test administrators on test security and testing procedures


April 5th - April 8th

April STAAR EOC Test Dates

  • English I: April 5th (Online & Paper)
  • English II: April 7th (Online & Paper)
  • All make-up sessions for paper and online STAAR assessments scheduled to be administered April 5 and 7, 2022, must be completed by April 8, 2022.


April 7th

Districts Opt-in for Printed Report Cards and/or Opt-out of Printed Labels

  • Deadline for districts to request printed report cards and/or to decline printed labels in TIDE for April STAAR EOC.
  • Printed report cards are not available for the December or June STAAR administrations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I get previous test results from the old system?


  • To request historical scoring reports, the Superintendent, DTC or DTA can complete a Student Data Request (SDR) form in TIDE. Please note that students must be in TIDE with their TSDS ID to request their historical records. The SDR User Guide gives detailed instructions for submitting a student data request.


How do we enroll students into a test?


  • A student is eligible to take a test based on their enrolled grade level and flags selected on the student test eligibility page in TIDE. The test session ID created by the CTC, along with student first name and TSDS ID, will give the student access to the appropriate test.


How do we print out test tickets for each student?


  1. To print test tickets, you can select Print from Student List from the task menu. Complete the fields under the Search Students panel. The fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory. You can also select additional search fields in the Advanced Search panel. Click Search to view your results.
  2. Next, select the students for whom you want to print test tickets. To print test tickets for specific students, mark the checkboxes for the students you want to print. Click the Print button and select an option from the dropdown menu. A test ticket layout screen will appear. Choose a test ticket layout and the test tickets print option. When you click Print, a PDF file of the test tickets will be downloaded.


What site will the students use to test?


  • To administer the field test, students will need to login using a secure browser application. Ensure the latest version of the secure browser application is installed on each device that will be used to administer the field test. For instructions, refer to the Secure Browsers webpage.
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Interim Assessments

Interim Assessments Administration Window 3 is open January 10th - April 15th for:

  • 3–8 reading
  • Spanish 3–5 reading,
  • 3–8 mathematics,
  • Spanish 3–5 mathematics,
  • Algebra I,
  • English I
  • English II


Interim Assessments Administration Window 2 is still open through April 15th for:

  • 5 & 8 science
  • Spanish grade 5 science
  • Grade 8 social studies
  • Biology
  • U.S.History

2022 Accelerated Testers Student Listings


Performance Reporting will release the final 2022 Accelerated Testers Student Listing in TEAL Accountability in March.


  • This will include Grade 12 students who will be included in 2022 accountability as accelerated testers
  • Reminder: Accelerated Testers are students who complete STAAR EOC assessment requirements for Algebra I, Biology or English II before 9th grade. These students are required to take the ACT or the SAT in the corresponding content area at least once in high school to fulfill federal accountability requirements.

Update to the 2022–2023 & 2023-2024 Student Assessment Testing Calendars

Updated draft versions of the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 Student Assessment Testing Calendars have been posted.

  • The drafts of these testing calendars are posted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/calendars/.
  • TEA is accepting public comments on the draft versions of the 2022–2023, 2023–2024, and 2024–2025 Student Assessment Testing Calendars. Public comments on the draft calendars should be sent to Test.Calendar@tea.texas.gov by Friday, March 11, 2022.

Texas Assessment - Testing Personnel

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

DCCR

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.

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Mary Caywood

Educational Consultant

(432) 567-3266

mary.caywood@esc18.net