Integrated Formative Assessment Pilot
HB 3906 requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop an integrated formative assessment pilot that informs instruction during the year and can potentially replace the single summative assessment. The agency is incorporating educator feedback to design a pilot program expected to launch in fall 2021.
This pilot, which will be comprised of assessments throughout the year, aims to provide a number of benefits for students, educators, and parents:
- More timely and frequent feedback that can be used to support instruction throughout the year
- Multiple opportunities for students to show what they’ve learned
- Within-year growth information
The agency is surveying stakeholders, conducting focus groups with teachers, curriculum leaders, content experts, parents, and students, and working with the Educator Advisory Committee to design a pilot model that best serves Texas students and teachers. TEA is also consulting psychometric experts including the Texas Technical Advisory Committee.
The model will be piloted over several years to assess potential benefits for educators, parents, and students and ensure that the design maintains the same rigorous level of validity and reliability that STAAR currently meets. Any participation in the pilot by districts is optional and does not eliminate a district’s obligation to administer STAAR.
For additional information, contact TEA using the Student Assessment Help Desk.
HB 3906 Resources
Each link below opens a webpage with useful HB 3906 information.