State-Developed Interim Assessments

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Getting Ready for Interim Testing
This webinar training provides information for district testing coordinators as they prepare to register students for interim testing. A recording of the training is posted on https://www.texasassessment.com/administrators/training/.

Everything You Need to Know About Interim Assessments
This webinar training provides information for district and campus testing coordinators and teachers on changes to interim testing for the 2018–2019 school year. A recording of the training is posted on https://www.texasassessment.com/administrators/training/.

A Deep Dive into the Online Reporting Suite for Interim Assessments
This webinar training provides information for district and campus testing coordinators and teachers on the new Online Reporting Suite (ORS). A recording of the training is posted on https://www.texasassessment.com/administrators/training/.

Overview of Interim Assessments

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. These assessments will be available at no cost to districts and charter schools, and they are not tied to accountability.

STAAR Interim Assessments provide the flexibility for districts to assess students below their enrolled grade level. Testing below a student's enrolled grade may be appropriate for students who are consistently performing below grade-level expectations on classroom assignments and assessments. Allowing a student to test below grade level during both fall and spring interim assessment opportunities may provide the student a chance to show academic improvement that may not be apparent in the student's grade-level summative results.

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 from the beginning of the school year through the spring. Unlike the spring 2018 pilot, no application or TEA confirmation is required to use the assessment tool; districts and charter schools just need to register students in the STAAR Assessment Management System. Registration opens August 13, 2018.

2018-2019 Features

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. The first assessment opportunity will be available August 31, 2018.
  • 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.

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