Response to District Inquiries Regarding the 2015 STAAR EOC English I and English II Tests

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April 29, 2016

To the Administrator Addressed: 

SUBJECT: Response to District Inquiries Regarding the 2015 STAAR EOC English I and English II Tests

The purpose of this email is to provide districts with a response to inquiries regarding the scoring of students’ short-answer written responses on the December 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) English I and English II tests.  

The December 2015 STAAR Constructed Response Scoring document at the following link: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/December2015STAAR_Constructed_Response_Scoring_Questions_and_Answers.pdf, provides districts with answers to some recently asked questions including information on the rescoring process and the training of constructed response scorers. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will not be able to provide districts with electronic images of students’ short-answer written responses.  A contractual agreement with an author for one of the passages and plans to reuse at least one of the passages on a future test form will not permit a statewide release.  However, TEA is providing an opportunity for the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee(s) to view students’ English I and/or English II short-answer written responses.  Images of students’ short-answer responses, associated scoring guides, and rubrics, along with copies of the passages used by students when completing the test(s), will be made available for viewing, per the procedures below. 

District personnel who wish to view students’ responses should call TEA’s Student Assessment Division to schedule an appointment in Austin.  Appointments may be scheduled between Monday, May 2, 2016, and Thursday, May 26, 2016.   For information about appointments, as well as security protocols, contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.

Rescore requests that are received by May 10, 2016, for students who are planning to graduate in spring 2016, and who did not pass the December 2015 English I or English II assessments, will be prioritized.  ETS will report the results of December 2015 rescore requests for these students by May 20, 2016.  All other rescore requests will be reported in July.  

Contact Information

For questions concerning information in this email, please contact the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536 or by email at student.assessment@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Mike Morath
Commissioner of Education