New Texas Assessment Program Vendor Information

As announced in fall 2020, the Texas assessment program will transition to a new vendor team—Cambium Assessment, Inc. and NCS Pearson, Inc.—starting on September 1, 2021.

Cambium will host and manage the testing platform for all assessments and manage the registration, administration, scoring, and reporting for the entire assessment portfolio. Cambium delivered more than 60 million online tests in 2018–2019 and currently serves 28 states and territories, as well as the College Board. Pearson will be responsible for item development and test form construction. Pearson has supported Texas assessments for 40 years and will be a valuable resource in developing items that strongly align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Cambium, Pearson, and TEA will work closely with educators across Texas to ensure a seamless transition of vendor services and support.

Transition Resources                                      

Use the links below to find general resources for the transition to our new testing vendors:

New Vendors Overview (Video posted 06/23/21)

Assessment Management System Transition Timelines

Data File Format for Student Registration and Data File Format for Test Attributes 

Minimum System Requirements (PDF posted 07/01/21)

User Role Permissions for the Texas Assessment Program (PDF posted 07/23/21)

Training Resources

The table below provides information on training opportunities that have been scheduled through the summer to support a successful transition to new assessment vendors. Registration links for the applicable trainings will be posted in the new Learning Management System (LMS) on July 12, 2021.  

Training Events Brief Description Audience and Access Date

New Vendors Overview

Learn about assessment vendors CAI and Pearson

Audience: All

Access: Recorded presentation on this webpage under Transition Resources

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Introduction to the Learning Management System (LMS)

Learn how to access training for the Texas Assessment Program

Audience: All

Access: Recorded presentation in LMS

Monday, July 12, 2021

Technology Requirements Overview

Learn how to prepare network and student devices to support the testing

Audience: Technology coordinators

Access: Register for live webinar in LMS

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

District Testing Coordinator Overview

Get an overview of the new systems supporting the Texas Assessment Program

Audience: District testing coordinators

Access: Register for live webinar in LMS

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Beginning-of-Year (BOY) Assessment Overview

Get an overview of this free, optional assessment to measure student learning

Audience: Testing coordinators

Access: Recorded presentation in LMS

Friday, July 30, 2021

Campus Testing Coordinator Overview

Get an overview of the new systems supporting the Texas Assessment Program

Audience: Campus testing coordinators

Access: Register for live webinar in LMS

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Virtual Practice Training

Practice registering users, adding student test settings, and other administrative activities

Audience: Testing coordinators

Access: Register for only one live webinar in LMS

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021

STAAR Interim Assessment Overview

Get an overview of this free, optional tool that provides educators with actionable data

Audience: Testing coordinators and other educators

Access: Recorded presentation in LMS

Friday, August 20, 2021

Introduction to the Centralized Reporting System (CRS)

Learn about the CRS that provides student performance reports

Audience: Testing coordinators

Access: Register for live webinar in LMS

Tuesday, August 31, 2021