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. 

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STAAR Interim Assessments are a GREAT resource for teachers and will continue in the 2020–2021 school year!

Below you will find valuable resources, short support videos, webinar opportunities, and important dates. 

 

Resources

  • STAAR Interim Assessments FAQ (PDF coming soon)

  • STAAR Interim Assessments User Manual (coming soon)

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In response to Covid-19, at-home support for STAAR Interim Assessments is available in Section 10 of the STAAR Interim Assessments User Manual

 

Support Videos

  • STAAR Interim Assessments Overview: This video is intended for all curious audiences! Educators, parents, and administrators can learn the purpose and design of the STAAR Interim Assessments. 

 

  • Empowering Teachers-Learning to view student data using the STAAR Interim Assessment Online Reporting Suite (ORS): Want to see the reporting suite? This video is intended for teachers whose schools have granted teacher access to the ORS. It details navigation and functionality of student data reports with a real look into the reporting system. (Coming soon!)

 

  • Empowering Teachers-Learning to view student data using the STAAR Interim Assessment Online Reporting Suite (ORS) to explore multi-stage testing and probabilities: Taking the ORS a step further, this video is intended for teachers whose schools have granted access to the ORS and details how multi-stage testing works and how to receive the most accurate results of STAAR Interim Assessments. (Coming soon!)

 

Training Opportunities

Interim Assessment Overview and Updates
  • August 11, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar will provide an overview of the STAAR Interim Assessments, new functionality within the Online Reporting Suite (ORS) and the system requirements for the STAAR Online Testing Application. Register HERE
Interim Student Registration
  • August 13, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar will provide information for district testing coordinators as they prepare to register students for interim testing. The training will cover the registration upload file layout via the STAAR Assessment Management System. Register HERE
Classroom Teachers- Interpreting Student Interim Scores
  • August 18, 2020 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CT
    This webinar, designed specifically with classroom teachers in mind, will cover the appropriate uses of student scores on the STAAR interim, how to create sub-rosters in the Assessment Management System and how to use reported Interim student data to understand probabilities, relative strengths and weakness of Student Expectations and the TEKS. Register HERE
A Deep Dive into the Online Reporting Suite (ORS) and Group Rostering
  • August 20, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar 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. We will also explore the full functionality of the real-time reporting system including viewing student responses and TEKS student expectations. Register HERE

 

Opportunity Dates and Subjects for 2020–2021

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

 First testing window

 (Opportunity 1)

 Registration opens:

 August 10, 2020

  

 Assessment window:

 August 17, 2020–March 31 2021

 Second testing window

 (Opportunity 2)

 Registration opens:

 November 2, 2020

  

 Assessment window:

 November 23, 2020–March 31 2021


 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 reading

 English I

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 reading

 English II

 grades 3 through 8 mathematics

 grade 5 science

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 mathematics

 Spanish grade 5 science

 Algebra I

 grade 8 science

  

 grade 8 social studies

  

 Biology

  

 U.S. History

 STAAR interim assessments include:

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 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.
Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-9536

Student Assessment Help Desk

student.assessment@tea.texas.gov