Standalone Writing Exams

Standalone Writing Exams

HB 3906 eliminates the stand-alone writing assessments for grades 4 and 7 beginning with the 2021–2022 school year. Grades 4 and 7 writing assessments will remain unchanged for the 2020–2021 school year. During this time, revising and editing items will be field tested in the reading assessments at grades 3–8. The agency has posted sample revising and editing items for grades 3–8.

Reading Language Arts Redesign

Instruction in the revised kindergarten through grade 8 2017 English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) began with the 2019–2020 school year. A two-year transition plan for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) and STAAR Alternate 2 reading assessments includes assessing overlap content from both the old 2009 and revised 2017 standards. Instruction in the revised English I–English IV 2017 TEKS began with the 2020–2021 school year. A one-year transition plan for STAAR and STAAR Alternate 2 assessments will be implemented.

This transition timeline will allow educators to adjust instruction and properly integrate the new 2017 curriculum standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking before students are assessed on all new or revised content. 

The agency is soliciting feedback from educators on the most effective ways to assess the new 2017 TEKS, including selection of grade-level appropriate passages. Assessed curriculum and blueprint information based on the 2017 TEKS is expected to be made available in summer 2021.

The following table outlines the implementation plan for the 2017 TEKS and related assessments.

School Year Grades 3-8 End-of-Course (EOC) 
2019–2020

Due to COVID-19, the spring and summer 2020 STAARadministrations were cancelled.

Due to COVID-19, the spring and summer 2020 STAAR administrations were cancelled


 
2020–2021

Implement 2017 TEKS
Assess only overlap standards*
Field test only 2017 standards

Implement 2017 TEKS
Assess only overlap standards*
Field test only 2017 standards

2021–2022

Implement 2017 TEKS
Assess only 2017 standards
Field test 2017 standards

Implement 2017 TEKS
Assess only 2017 standards
Field test 2017 standards

* Overlap standards are those that are included in both the 2009 RLA TEKS and the 2017 RLA TEKS.

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.

 
 
Contact Information

For additional information, contact TEA using the Student Assessment Help Desk or call 512-463-9536.