State-Developed 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. The STAAR Interim Assessments are a tool to help educators tailor instructional practice to address students’ needs. These assessments will be available at no cost to districts, and they are not tied to accountability.

The spring 2018 STAAR Interim Assessments were a pilot administration. Pilot participants were asked to provide feedback via a survey, and TEA conducted on-site observations to gain first-hand information from students and educators regarding their experience with the tool. Results of the survey and school visits have informed improvements in the interim assessment program.

TEA is launching the full interim assessment tool during the 2018–2019 school year. The assessment tool will be available for districts from the beginning of the school year through the spring. Unlike the spring 2018 pilot, the assessment tool is open for any district or charter school to use at their discretion. No application or TEA confirmation is required to use the assessment tool; districts just need to register students in the STAAR Assessment Management System.

For the 2018–2019 school year, the STAAR Interim Assessments include the following features.

  • Two different assessment administration opportunities are available, and districts can choose when to schedule these administrations. 
  • Interim assessments are available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform for
    • grades 3–8 mathematics;
    • grades 3–8 reading;
    • Algebra I, English I, English II;
    • Spanish grades 3–5 mathematics; and
    • Spanish grades 3–5 reading.
  • Embedded supports have been expanded to include content and language supports, as well as text-to-speech.
  • Results from the 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.

For more information about the STAAR interim assessments, contact the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or studentassessment@tea.texas.gov.