State-Developed Interim Assessments

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is creating online interim assessments that align to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). These assessments will be available at no cost to districts beginning in spring 2018. They will provide state-developed instructional materials that are fully aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), thus reducing the need for districts to purchase commercially-based, test-prep materials.

Interim Assessments

TEA will provide districts with interim assessments for grades 3–8 math and reading. These interim assessments are an additional tool schools can use to gauge student progress toward meeting achievement standards. The assessments will be short, computer-adaptive tests used by teachers at various times throughout the school year. The interim assessments will be available to all Texas public and charter schools to use at their discretion.

2017 Teacher Institutes

TEA will host two Teacher Institutes: July 17–July 21 and July 31–August 4. The 2017 institutes will develop test items for grades 3–8 math and reading in English only. Each institute will be held in Austin Monday–Friday during regular business hours. The online application asks teachers which dates they are available to attend. Approximately 100 teachers will be selected for each week. Attendees will receive a compensation of $500 per day in addition to having their travel, lodging, and meal expenses covered. Selected applicants for this year will be notified by email the first week of June with further details.

Teacher Institute Application (The application for this year’s institutes is now closed.)