State-Developed STAAR Interim Assessments

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Overview of STAAR Interim Assessments

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created optional online interim assessments that align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Test questions for the STAAR Interim Assessments are developed with Texas teachers and include some former STAAR items. These assessments will be available at no cost to districts and charter schools, and they are not tied to accountability. 


Training Opportunities

Training opportunities through webinars are available for the 2019-2020 Interim Assessments. Materials and recordings will be available on the Texas Assessment website.  

August 13, 2019 - Interim Assessment Overview, Updates, and Best Practices 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Registration Link)

Description: This webinar training will provide information for district testing coordinators, campus testing coordinators, and test administrators on changes to interim testing for the 2019 - 2020 calendar year. The training will review participation in interim, new grades and subject offerings, embedded supports for students, and other facets of preparation and test administration for interim testing. It will include best practices from lessons learned, e.g., clarifying the purpose of interim assessments, time of year to test, allowing time for student/teacher interaction with the SOTP, ensuring all materials are available to educators involved, and ensuring technology readiness. 

August 20, 2019- Getting Ready for Interim Testing and Student Registration 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Registration Link)  

Description:  This webinar training will provide information for district testing coordinators as they prepare to register students for testing, prepare for online testing, and administer the test online.   

August 27, 2019- A Deep Dive into the Online Reporting suite (ORS) for Interim Testing 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Registration Link)

Description:  This webinar training will provide information for district testing coordinators, campus testing coordinators, and teachers on the new Online Reporting Suite for interim testing. The training will explore the full functionality of the real-time reporting system including viewing student responses and TEKS student expectations. This training will cover all aspects of reporting for interim testing both in the STAAR Assessment Management System and the Online Reporting Suite as well as how to view the district, campus, and student level data and how to successfully use the weekly data files.

September 24, 2019- User Roles and Permissions Matrix 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Registration Link)

Description: This webinar training will provide information on changes to the User Roles & Permissions Matrix. The training will review system functionality for managing user roles and provide suggested ways in which various roles can be utilized in the Assessment Management System.

Updates for the 2019–2020 school year

  • This year, new STAAR interim assessments will be available for science and social studies (in English and Spanish). 
    • TEA is planning to only offer one testing opportunity and recommends that it is administered after the majority of TEKS have been covered, because unlike the TEKS for reading and math that tend to include similar skills over the grades but build in complexity, the science and social studies TEKS tend to contain discrete skills, facts, and concepts. 
  • STAAR interim assessments for math and reading language arts (RLA) will continue to be available, but in order to ensure interims will continue to reflect the summative STAAR for reading language arts, there will be only one opportunity available for grades 3 through 8 reading and Spanish grades 3 through 5 reading during the 2019–2020 school year. This is because only overlap standards will be assessed in grades 3 through 8 at this time. 
  • Refreshable braille and content and language supports in Spanish for the Spanish tests will now be available.

 Districts can register students in the Texas Assessment Management System in the Online Reporting Suite.

 First testing window

 (Opportunity 1)

 Registration opens:

 August 12, 2019


 Assessment window:

 August 15, 2019–March 31, 2020

 Second testing window

 (Opportunity 2)

 Registration opens:

 November 15, 2019


 Assessment window:

 November 22, 2019–March 31, 2020

 The STAAR interim assessments will be available for the following subjects and grade levels:    

 Two testing opportunities (available during Opportunities 1 and 2)

 One testing opportunity (available during Opportunity 2 only)

 grades 3 through 8 mathematics

 grades 3 through 8 reading

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 mathematics

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 reading

 Algebra I

 grade 5 science (new)

 English I

 Spanish grade 5 science (new)

 English II

 grade 8 science (new)


 grade 8 social studies (new)


 Biology (new)


 U.S. History (new)

 STAAR interim assessments include:

 Refreshable Braille

 reading, grade 8 social studies, English I, English II, U.S. History

 Content and Language   Supports

 available for all English and Spanish assessments

 Text-to-Speech  available for all English and Spanish assessments
  • Results from the STAAR interim assessments will be reported in the STAAR Assessment Management System and have been enhanced to include a new online reporting suite. The reporting suite contains district-level, campus-level, and student-level reports. Reports at the student level will include
    • the student’s response to each test question,
    • the TEKS student expectation for each test question, and
    • a pop-up window that shows the test question. 
  • Reports will continue to include data files and percentages representing the statistical probability of achieving “Approaches”, “Meets” and “Masters” grade level expectations on STAAR.