2014-2015 Data Validation Monitoring Student Assessment Staging

 ACTION REQUIRED  

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 Date: April 8, 2015

 TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

 Subject:  2014-2015 Data Validation Monitoring Student Assessment Staging

 The purpose of this letter is to provide districts, including charter schools, with 2014-2015 intervention staging information for data validation monitoring of student assessment (DVM-SA).

 District-level reports of the 2014 student assessment data validation indicators and student-level reports were posted to the TEA Secure Environment (TEASE) Accountability application on December 19, 2014. Reports are available only for districts that triggered one of the DVM-SA indicators. Districts were encouraged to review and analyze these reports to ensure the student assessment data they submit reflect the requirements of student assessment processes, including the requirements contained in the 2014 District and Campus Coordinator Manual and other student assessment resources. Based on that review, districts should have determined whether any new or additional procedures needed to be implemented to ensure the accurate implementation of student assessment processes and submission of data on student assessment answer documents.

 For the 2014-2015 year, intervention staging for DVM-SA was determined by which indicators the district triggered and the number of indicators the district triggered. Staging will be posted Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Intervention, Stage, and Activity Manager (ISAM) application in TEASE. Through ISAM, a district can determine which stage of intervention has been assigned for DVM-SA. All districts that triggered any DVM-SA indicator have been assigned an intervention stage.

 Districts assigned to Stage 1 will complete the DVM-SA workbook for the indicator triggered and develop a DVM-SA corrective action plan (DVM-SA CAP) to address any student assessment coding or documentation discrepancies and/or noncompliance. Completion due date is June 5, 2015. Districts in Stage 1 will maintain the DVM-SA workbook, DVM-SA CAP, and supporting documentation locally. These districts will submit intervention and supporting documentation only upon request of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Districts assigned to Stage 2 or 3 will complete the DVM-SA workbook for the indicator(s) triggered and develop a DVM-SA CAP to address any student assessment coding or documentation discrepancies and/or noncompliance. The due date for completion and submission to TEA is June 5, 2015. Further, districts assigned to Stage 3 will engage in follow-up support activities to help ensure the successful implementation of corrective actions and student assessment data submission. Specific follow-up activities will be determined after the review of the submitted DVM-SA workbook(s) and DVM-SA CAP.

Additionally, districts assigned to Stage 2 or 3 will need to designate a DVM-SA program contact in ISAM. Step-by-step instructions for completing this task will be located under Intervention Guidance and Resources on the DVM-SA page of the TEA website.

Data validation interventions are coordinated with performance interventions to the extent possible and tailored to data accuracy concerns. If a district staged for interventions in the DVM system also is identified for an on-site program effectiveness review in the PBM system, the on-site review will include a review of data quality and data reporting systems.

Resources

Information related to the DVM-SA indicators is available in the 2014 Student Assessment Data Validation Manual.

Intervention documents, including the Data Validation Guidance Document, How My District Was Selected for Data Validation Monitoring – Student Assessment Interventions document, and tools for conducting the DVM-SA intervention activities were posted to the DVM-SA page of the TEA website today, April 8, 2015. Districts selected for on-site data validation reviews will receive individualized correspondence from TEA detailing required intervention activities.

For questions about the 2014 Student Assessment Data Validation Manual, as well as any of the indicators, please contact Performance-Based Monitoring at (512) 936-6426 or by email at pbm@tea.texas.gov.

For questions about interventions, intervention resources, due dates, or submission extension requests, please contact the Program Monitoring and Interventions Division at (512) 463-5226 or by email at PMIdivision@tea.texas.gov.

Education service center (ESC) contacts will also be available as resources to districts as they complete DVM-SA intervention requirements.

We appreciate your support of data validation monitoring and anticipate that a data-driven, performance-based approach will assist districts in their ongoing efforts to improve student achievement and data accuracy.

Sincerely,

 Michael Greenwalt, Ed.D.
Director, Program Monitoring and Interventions