The Testing Coordinator Connection

September 2022

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Oaths

If the DTC or Superintendent were unable to complete their part 2 oath by July 31st, they will need to complete the pdf versions (attached to the bottom of smore) and follow the instructions at the bottom of the oath to submit it to Cambium.

STAAR Released Tests

PDF versions of the 2022 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) released tests for reading language arts (RLA), science, and social studies are available on the STAAR Released Test Questions. The 2022 STAAR mathematics released tests will be posted in September. In addition to PDF versions of the released tests, answer keys and item rationales will also be available. Districts can also access the online versions of the 2022 released tests through the Practice Test Site.
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What is Changing!

Beginning with the December 2022 STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments, STAAR will become an online testing program to ensure that students have access to the robust accommodations that can be provided online. Students are expected to test online with the exception of students who require accommodations that cannot be provided online or students whose specific setting precludes technology access. In these rare and unavoidable circumstances, a student may be eligible for a special paper administration of an online STAAR test. Refer to the special administration section below for more information.

Based on the redesign, including the transition to online testing, the following additional updates to the STAAR program will be implemented beginning with the 2022–2023 school year.


The spring 2023 STAAR assessments will be administered during three two-week testing windows, with one window for each content area group: RLA, science and social studies, and mathematics. Each district and campus may schedule the specific content-area tests on any day within the corresponding two-week testing window, except for Monday of week 1, the primary week. Although there are three separate testing windows based on content area, these testing windows are considered one administration—the spring STAAR administration.


· The majority of the test directions for students taking STAAR will be moved to the online testing environment and will appear at the beginning of the tests. As a result, one STAAR Test Administrator Manual will contain instructions for all STAAR assessments, including grades 3–8 and EOC assessments. The STAAR Test Administrator Manual will be distributed to districts in two shipments, one for the December administration and one for the spring administration.


· For the small number of STAAR paper test booklets printed, there will be a separate test booklet for each grade and subject, similar to the STAAR EOC test booklets. Each STAAR test booklet will be distinguishable by a particular color; for example, grade 3 mathematics will be a shade of pink, and grade 3 RLA will be a shade of orange.


TEA is removing the maximum time allowed for STAAR assessments based on feedback from educators, parents, and students, as well as other changes to the program. Districts will no longer have to stop students from testing after a four- or five-hour testing period. Students are expected to complete STAAR tests in about three hours. Any students who are still testing after four hours should be consolidated into a general testing area to continue testing. Students may continue testing until the end of the school day.

The LMS

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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Special Administration of an Online Assessment

Starting this school year, districts will no longer have to request a special administration of an online assessment for STAAR or TELPAS. Instead, campus level 504 or admission, review, and dismissal committees are responsible for confirming a student has met the eligibility criteria for a special administration. A student may be eligible for a special administration of an online assessment if the student requires a testing accommodation that is not possible to provide in an online setting.

To indicate that a student is eligible for a special administration, the district must ensure that the student has either the Special Ed Indicator Code or the Section 504 Indicator Code turned on in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). In addition, the district will need to set the Test Mode field to “Paper” and select the specific paper test format in the new Paper Test Format field for that student prior to the close of an administration’s initial order window.

Districts must make every effort to administer STAAR and TELPAS assessments online. In rare situations where appropriate computers or technology are absolutely unavailable, as may occur on occasion with a homebound student or a student in juvenile justice alternative education programs (JJAEPs), jails, or detention centers, that student may be eligible for a special paper or holistic administration. Contact Texas Testing Support at 833-601-8821 or TexasTestingSupport@cambiumassessment.com for assistance.

It is important to note that there are no longer answer documents for these paper tests; instead, students should be instructed to record their responses in their test booklets. Authorized district staff members must enter student responses into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) for scoring as student responses in test booklets will not be scored. Districts should schedule tests during the first part of each testing window and reserve the last two to three days for entering student responses into DEI. All data must be entered and verified by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on the final day of the testing window for each administration as indicated on the Calendar of Events.

System Updates

The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) has been updated and is now available. All users will be prompted to update their password on their first login for the 2022–23 school year.

To support the high volume of expected student file uploads this week, files with more than 200 students will be processed offline. The initial validation process may take up to three minutes in the user interface. Do not close the page or attempt to resubmit file uploads during the validation process.

After students have been uploaded to TIDE, there are two mechanisms for exporting student data in the View/Edit/Export Student task:

  • choose to have the file sent to the TIDE secure inbox (recommended for data sets larger than 10,000 student records), or
  • view the results in the user interface and then use the Export All options to save them to your device (exports will be limited to 10,000 student records).

Ascender Comprehensive Student Data Pull

Select to enable users to extract the contents of the cumulative table to a file in a .csv format, which will be used to submit various precoding test information to the vendor.

Before executing the Cumulative option, the campus/district must execute the individual tests since the Cumulative file is built from the execution of the individual tests. For example, the Cumulative will only contain EOC precoded students if only EOC is executed. If all tests from Grade Reporting > Utilities > STAAR/TAKS Precoding Extract is executed, the Cumulative will contain precoded students for all tests even though they were not executed from this screen. Executing the Cumulative option without executing any of the individual tests, will result in an error message, “No data to extract”.

Selecting the Cumulative option will disable the Courses to Extract and Test Format options. This is normal behavior since the Cumulative option simply extracts what was written to the table by running the individual tests.

Currently, there is no way to clear the Cumulative extract. The district/campus can re-run an individual test to overwrite the contents of the cumulative for that test.

The Cumulative option also resides in Grade Reporting > Utilities > Online STAAR/TAKS Precoding Extract and the precoded students extract is identical to the Cumulative option on this screen.

TELPAS Updates

Based on input from educators, the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) reading and writing domains will be combined in an online test for students in grades 2–12 this year. Because of this new standardized version of a writing assessment, districts will no longer need to holistically rate writing samples for students in grades 2–12. Students in kindergarten and grade 1 will continue to be holistically rated in all four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Performance Reporting Calendar

  • Fall 2022: 2023 accountability system targets and cut points released
  • August 2023: Accountability ratings under the reset system released
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FAQ

Q: If a student from a “non-accredited home school” (their words) enrolls and the school uses a released STAAR to determine course credit for courses, is the student then required to take the actual STAAR?

A: It depends on whether the district accepted the course credit for the EOC. If they do, then no students doesn’t take EOC. If they do not accept course credit, then student will enroll in course and take the EOC in spring. It is a local policy on how they determine credit so that is one way this LEA does it.

2022 Leaver Manual

The 2022 Leaver Records Data Validation Manual is now available on the TEA website For questions about the manual or the indicators described in the manual, please contact the Performance-Based Monitoring Unit at (512) 463-9704 or pbm@tea.texas.gov. For questions regarding 2022 Leaver Data Validation interventions and data reporting compliance, please contact the IT Data Reporting Compliance Unit at (512) 463-9980 or DRCU@tea.texas.gov.

Training Opportunities

We will be offering training for DTCs twice this fall.

October 13th at ESC 18

October 27th in Alpine at their district office

STAAR Resign Materials for Teachers

  • STAAR Redesign Materials for Teachers, District Option 1:
    • Tuesday, September 27, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hoQjzyXPSsielj--TSXo1A

  • STAAR Redesign Materials for Teachers, District Option 2:
    • Thursday, September 29, 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lqn4bb39QcCNqr1tEShlVA

Important Links

DCCR

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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