August 6, 2018
To the Administrator Addressed:
Subject: 2018–2019 STAAR Interim Assessments Available
The purpose of this communication is to notify public school
districts and open-enrollment charter schools of the availability of free, optional interim assessments.
The STAAR Interim Assessments provide actionable data to help
educators improve instruction.
The online interim assessment tool will be available from
the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year through the spring for any district
or charter school to use at their discretion. To use this assessment tool, districts
and charter schools need to register students in the STAAR Assessment
Management System. Permission or confirmation from the Texas Education Agency
(TEA) is not required.
Interim assessments may be adopted at the district, campus,
or classroom level. These assessments are not tied to accountability, and TEA
does not have access to any resulting data.
The STAAR Interim
Assessments will be available for grades 3–8 reading and mathematics, English
I, English II, and Algebra I. Spanish versions will also be available for grades
3–5 reading and mathematics. Reports will be available at the district
level, campus level, and student level and
will show the
likelihood of a student achieving “Approaches”,
“Meets”, and “Masters” grade level expectations on STAAR.
the next few weeks, ETS will be hosting a series of webinar training
opportunities for the interim assessments. Recorded versions of the webinars will be posted for educators
who are not able to participate.More
information about the upcoming webinars and the STAAR Interim Assessments can
be found on TEA’s website at Interim Assessments.
If you have
questions about the interim assessments, contact the TEA Student Assessment
Division at (512) 463-9536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Deputy Commissioner, Academics