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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
- 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
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.
information about the STAAR interim assessments, contact the TEA Student
Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or email@example.com.