The Testing Coordinator Connection

October 2022

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STAAR Redesign Resources

New information in the the most recent TAA includes:

Scoring Guides for the Constructed Response Items, including rubrics and exemplars, will be available later this fall on the STAAR Redesign webpage.

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TELPAS Practice Tests

Beginning this spring, TELPAS will include a combined online reading and writing test for students in grades 2–12. New TELPAS reading and writing practice sets are now available under the TELPAS Released and Practice Tests option in the Practice Test Site. In addition, scoring guides for the new online writing questions will be available in November.

  • 2022 TELPAS Grade 2 Reading and Writing Practice Set
  • 2022 TELPAS Grade 3 Reading and Writing Practice Set
  • 2022 TELPAS Grades 4–5 Reading and Writing Practice Set
  • 2022 TELPAS Grades 6–7 Reading and Writing Practice Set
  • 2022 TELPAS Grades 8–9 Reading and Writing Practice Set
  • 2022 TELPAS Grade 10–12 Reading and Writing Practice Set

ASCENDER, Cambium and Data Files


There are trainings available in the LMS to assist you with test administration. Below you can see who should have access to the LMS. Also, you can grant LMS-only access in the select a role under upload user if you need to add someone.

Before logging in to LMS for the first time this school year, district personnel must log in to TIDE and change their password. District personnel will use their TIDE login credentials to access LMS in the 2022–23 school year.

Available Training Presentations

  • Technology Requirements for the Texas Assessment Program
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
  • TIDE Enhancements for the 2022–23 School Year
  • STAAR Alternate 2 Overview
  • STAAR Alternate 2 Eligibility
  • Texas Through-year Assessment Pilot (TTAP) Overview
  • Texas Formative Assessment Resource (TFAR) Authoring System
  • Authoring System Training Module
  • TFAR Modules 1–7

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December 2022 STAAR Admin

  • Update Student Eligibility

Districts should ensure that all students eligible for end-of-course (EOC) assessments have been added to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) by October 6, 2022. All eligible students must be registered in TIDE for retester flags to be set. All students participating in the December 2022 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administration should have the December EOC Eligibility field set to “Yes” in TIDE. Student eligibility must be added before the deadline so that the correct number of test administrator manuals are shipped to districts.

  • Indicate Students Eligible for Paper Administrations

If a student is eligible for a special paper administration of an online assessment, ensure that the Special Ed Indicator Code or Section 504 Indicator Code is set to “Yes” in TIDE. District personnel must also set the student’s Test Mode to “Paper” and make the appropriate Paper Test Format selection. If these settings are not entered correctly by October 6, 2022, for students who need to test on paper, materials for these students will not be shipped with initial orders.

Initial order materials quantities will be available for verification by districts. These quantities are calculated based on students flagged appropriately and are updated nightly. Districts must confirm sufficient quantities by October 6, 2022. If additional paper materials are required after this deadline, district personnel will be responsible for entering their own counts during the additional order window.

  • Out-of-District (OOD) and Out-of-School (OOS) Test Site Registration

The STAAR Out-of-School and Out-of-District Test Site Registration Form for the December 2022 STAAR administration is available now through October 7, 2022. Districts must register each participating OOD and OOS test site in the test site registration form.

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2023 AP- IB Exam Subsidy Announced

The state subsidy provided through the Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program for the May 2023 administration will be $39 for each AP and IB exam taken by an eligible student.

All students enrolled in a Texas public school may be considered for a subsidy, however, the eligibility of each student must be confirmed using published criteria. The criteria for qualifying for a Texas State subsidy are the same for both AP and IB exams and can be found here.

  • IB exam fee subsidies will be managed by each school district. Each campus or district will submit an IB exam fee reimbursement (subsidy) application in June 2023. The IB Subsidy Application will be available on TEA’s IB webpage on May 1.

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Q: What is the state's stand on copywritten materials and TFAR?

A: For state-adopted materials, the state allows use within any platform. Think about teachers using google classroom for assignments or ppt. But if it is material created and owned by DMAC OR Eduphoria, like DMAC items in their test bank TAG, the district needs to check their contract with them. Districts nor the state own their original content.

Q: Will the SCR have 2 human scorers? ECR? Also, will they be taking an average of the two scores from each of the raters?

A: SCR will have one human scorer and be worth a max. of 2 points.

ECR will have two human scorers. Each will score it from 0-5 on a rubric and the scores are added together for a max. of 10 points.

Q: When will we get the list of students who have completed STAAR EOC requirements in a content area before grade 9 and do not have an ACT or SAT score on record?

A: The TEAL listing should be posted the first week of December.

Q: Since 8th graders get a calculator does it need to be turned on in TIDE for each student?

A: No, it is automatic.

Training Opportunities

District Testing Coordinator Training-

October 13th at ESC 18

October 27th in Alpine at their district office

Student Assessment TETN (STAAR Alt, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alt)-

October 13th, 9-12 - zoom link registration

Important Links


The District and Campus Coordinator Resources, a collection of webpages, is prepared for its initial publishing at the beginning of each school year.

Texas Assessment - Testing Personnel

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

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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