March 20, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR
to the Student Assessment Testing Calendar in 2015–2016
correspondence is to inform you of major changes to the Student Assessment
testing calendar that will take effect in the 2015–2016 school year.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Thank you for your continued commitment to the success of Texas
Commissioner of Education