Changes to the Student Assessment Testing Calendar in 2015–2016

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March 20, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:  Changes to the Student Assessment Testing Calendar in 2015–2016

This correspondence is to inform you of major changes to the Student Assessment testing calendar that will take effect in the 2015–2016 school year.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) posted the original draft of the 2015–2016 testing calendar in fall 2014, and public comments were requested.  As a result of the comments received by TEA, a revised calendar with additional changes to the original draft version was again posted for public comment in February 2015.

I have reviewed all of the comments TEA received from across the state from both review periods, and after much consideration have decided to approve a change in testing dates for most of the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) grades 3–8 assessments from April to May. The 2016 administration dates for STAAR grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 mathematics and reading, grades 5 and 8 science, and grade 8 social studies assessments are now scheduled during the week of May 9–May 13.

These later testing dates will alter report dates. Districts will receive reports for the 2016 May STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments by May 31.  Reports for all other 2016 STAAR 3–8 testing will be provided by June 15. 

A majority of comments favored changing test dates to May, stating that the change in testing dates will provide additional time for instruction, greatly benefitting students.  In addition, it will eliminate one week of testing from the overall test administration schedule. The intent of these testing calendar changes is to provide students with greater opportunities for learning.

If you have questions regarding the final 2015–2016 testing calendar that is now posted on the TEA website, please call the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the success of Texas students.

Sincerely,

 

Michael Williams

Commissioner of Education