STAAR General Training & Security

District Training 2019-20

Timeline: DATES

  • April 7 Grade 4 & 7 Writing, Grade 5 & 8 Math, English I EOC
  • April 8 Grade 5 & 8 Reading
  • April 8 - English II EOC
  • May 5-9 - High School EOC Algebra, Biology, US History
  • May 7th - Grade 8 Science
  • May 8th - Grade 8 Social Studies
  • May 12 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Math, & 5th & 8th Math Retest
  • May 13 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, 5th & 8th Reading Retest
  • May 14- Grade 5 Science
  • June 23-25 EOC/STAAR Retest

2019-20 Updates

  • No Testing on Monday
  • No changing dates for English I/II or Writing 4th & 7th
  • Accessibility Updates - Oral admin for revising passages NEVER on Editing
  • Features NOT allowed on laptops for Basic transcribing/spelling assistance
  • Covering walls only if Direct Source of Answers or assists a student for the subject area

General Trainings from TEA

Click here to access the TEA training link.


All teachers administering a STAAR test must attend the district training and read their Test Administrator manual. Maintaining testing confidentiality involves protecting the contents of all secure test materials, online assessments, student authorizations, and completed answer documents. No person may view, reveal, or discuss the contents of a test before, during, or after the administration unless specifically authorized to do so by the TEA.

After completing the district training, test administers are required to initial and sign their test administer oath before receiving any secure materials.

Not following protocol and security measures may result in an irregularity. Any deviations from testing procedures should be reported to your CTC immediately. Additional information and statements may be required.

Click here for 2019-20 Security Updates.

Test Security Manual 2019

Cell Phone Policy/Electronic Devices

TEA requires all districts to have a Cell Phone Policy/Electronic Device for testing. Shelbyville ISD requires students to turn off the cell phones and remove any watch that has internet access and turn them in to the teacher for storage in the testing tub until they leave the testing room. No cell phones or other electronic devices may be used during testing for any reason by students or teachers.

Teachers should not have cell phones/electronic devices in their possession during the test administration. All teacher cell phones/electronic devices should be turned off and left in a secure area. Teachers should not use their cell phones at any time during the test administration.

Time Limits

STAAR English I EOC and English II EOC have a five (5) hour time limit. All answers must be recorded on the student answer document by the end of the five hour time limit in order to be used for grading.

STAAR Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Biology EOC, and US History EOC have a four (4) hour time limit. All answers must be recorded on the student answer document by the end of the four hour time limit in order to be used for grading.

All test administrators must record the amount of time left for testing on the board by hours left. Once the time left is one (1) hour, the test administrator must record when 30 minutes, 15 minutes, and 5 minutes are left. (ex. 4 hours, 3 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 5 minutes)

The start and stop times must be recorded on the seating chart.

Breaks can be given to individual students as needed; however, the clock will not stop.

Time To Test (Grades 3-8)

Time-to-Test Information STAAR tests for grades 3–5 are designed to be completed within two hours, and STAAR tests for grades 6–8 are designed to be completed within three hours. For any student who does not complete a test within two hours for grades 3–5 or three hours for grades 6–8 (primary administrations only), indicate this by marking “0” in column A of the AGENCY USE field on the answer document. (For multiple-subject answer documents, use column A if the student needs more than three hours on the mathematics or science test and column B if the student needs more than three hours on the reading or social studies test.) This data is collected to assist in decisions around test design and scheduling. It is important that it be as accurate as possible.

If a student completes testing prior to the allotted two or three hours, collect the materials and either allow the student to leave or provide the student with an instructional activity such as a or reading assignment while other students finish testing.

Ensure Proper Testing Procedures

  • ■ Test administrators must actively monitor the testing room while students are working.
  • ■ Test administrators should confirm that students are working only on the subject-area assessment being administered that day, verify that students have access only to allowable materials, and ensure that students are marking their responses on the correct section of the answer document.
  • ■ Students are not allowed to return to a subject-area assessment attempted on a previous test day or to work on a subject-area assessment that has not yet been administered.
  • ■ Test administrators may not view or discuss individual test questions or responses unless specifically directed to by the test procedures.
  • ■ Students participating in paper administrations must mark their answers on an answer document within the allotted time with a No. 2 pencil. Answers marked in a test booklet will not be scored.
  • Test administrators must regularly remind students participating in paper administrations to record their responses on their answer documents.
  • ■ Students will not be allowed to record their responses on their answer documents after the time limit has expired.
  • ■ For paper administrations of STAAR, test administrators are not allowed to require students to mark their answers in the test booklet before transferring them to the answer document.
  • ■ Only students are allowed to erase their stray marks or darken answer-choice circles on their answer documents, and only during the scheduled test session.
  • ■ Reinforcing, reviewing for, or distributing testing strategies during an assessment is strictly prohibited.
  • ■ Test administrators must alert students periodically of the time remaining in the test session. Students who have not completed their tests within the allotted time limit must submit what they have completed.
  • ■ Students must remain seated during testing except when they are receiving or returning authorized test materials.
  • ■ Students are not allowed to talk to one another while testing is in progress.
  • ■ Once a student has completed and turned in or submitted the test, allow the student to leave the area or provide the student with an instructional activity (i.e., guided reading activity) while other students continue testing.

STAAR Online-Available to Anyone

Students taking the STAAR online should be familiar with the STAAR online tools available with this administration. These students should be scheduled to use the tutorials before their test administration.

STAAR Resources

Texas Assessment Management & Student Portal Link

STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browsers

Accommodations for STAAR (Paper)













Follow these instructions for gridding the SCORE CODE field. The SCORE CODE field in the FOR SCHOOL USE ONLY section indicates whether a student’s test should be scored. For each content-area assessment, select only one score code. The score codes are as follows:
  • If the student was absent from the test during the entire testing window and is enrolled in your school district, mark the “A” score code. This includes grades 5 and 8 students who do not show up for the June retest.
  • The most common uses of the “O” score code include the following:
    • A student became ill during the test and was not able to finish.
    • There was a testing irregularity (e.g., the student cheated on the test).
    • A student who is court-ordered to participate in an authorized high school equivalency program (HSEP) qualifies to be, and is excused from, taking the test according to 19 TAC §89.1409. Mark the “HSEP” bubble along with the “O” score code (EOC only).
    • A student took an approved substitute assessment indicated in 19 TAC §101.4002 and met the required score. Mark the “SUBSTITUTE ASSESSMENT” bubble along with the “O” score code (EOC only). This is necessary only one time.
    • A student is tested on grade level for one subject and is testing above grade level for the other subject. Mark the “EOC/ABOVE GRADE” bubble on the on-grade-level answer document for the subject the student is taking above grade level and mark the “O” score code. (Specific examples follow.)
  • If the student is taking an online test in one subject and is taking the other subject on paper within the same administration, mark the “*” (asterisk) score code for the subject that is being taken online.
  • If the student took the subject-area test and the test is to be scored, mark the “S” score code.