STAAR Portal Access Codes and Understanding The New Performance Levels

By now, you’ve probably taken a look at your 2017 5th and 8th STAAR results from the March administration. As a reminder, CSRs will be posted in the STAAR Assessment Management System on June 30, 2017. Until then, you can send out letters to parents that will let them view their student results online using a “Portal Unique Access Code.” This unique code will be entered in at the following site: www.texasassessment.com/student

Pulling these access codes for students is no easy task, so we’ve created the following how-to videos to help you get these codes from your STAAR data files using DMAC and eduphoria:

DMAC Access Code Video

Eduphoria Access Code Video

Note that you must be an administrator or have the appropriate rights when pulling these results in eduphoria or in DMAC. If you have questions about this, please contact us.

STAAR Performance Levels

 We’ve had several questions about the new labels for STAAR, so here’s a quick refresher on what these labels mean in 2017.

 

Did Not Meet Grade Level (formerly Level I: Unsatisfactory performace): This performance category applies to students scoring below Approaches Grade Level. This performance level indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.

Approaches Grade Level (formerly Level II: Satisfactory 2015‐16 Standard Progression): Performance at this level indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts. This is your performance level for passing.

Meets Grade Level (formerly Level II‐Final): Performance in this category indicates that students have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts. For Algebra II and English III, this performance level indicates students are sufficiently prepared for postsecondary success. For 2017 State Accountability, this performance level is used to calculate your Index 4 score for elementary, middle and high school campuses.

Masters Grade Level (formerly Level III: Advanced performance): Performance at this level indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. For Algebra II and English III, this level of performance indicates students are well prepared for postsecondary success.

If you have any questions about your STAAR results or the new performance labels, we’re here to help! Please contact us.

 

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2017 Performance Index Targets

The commissioner of education’s final decisions regarding the 2017 state academic accountability system are now available online with targets for each of the four performance indexes:

2017 index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View the entire document at this link.

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2016 TAPR Template & School Report Cards

2016 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) & Template

The final 2015–16 TAPR for your district and each campus in your district are now available at the following link. As part of Texas Education Code requirements, each district must hold a hearing or public discussion of the TAPR report and it must be widely disseminated within the district. Guidelines for the dissemination and public hearing are available at this link – TAPR Guidelines 2016.

The public hearing for discussion of the TAPR report must be held within 90 calendar days from November 30, 2016. The winter holiday does not count toward the 90 days.  To assist your district with the public hearing, we have developed a PowerPoint template for you to use for your board presentation. You may download and tailor it to the needs of your district by clicking on the following link –Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) 2016 Template. It can also be accessed here.

If you have any questions about the TAPR report or its requirements, contact us in System Support.

2015–16 Texas School Report Cards (SRC)

The 2015–16 SRC are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website at the following link. The SRC combines accountability ratings, data from the TAPR, and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance. Available for each campus in Texas, the SRC is intended specifically to inform parents and guardians about a school’s individual characteristics and its academic performance.

The U.S. Department of Education also requires an annual report card with specific district- and campus-level data. The 2015–16 federal report cards will be released in January 2017.

 

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Preliminary 2015–16 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

The preliminary 2015–16 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) for your district and each campus in your district are now available through the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE) Accountability application. Note that the cover page of the preliminary TAPR does not include the final state academic accountability rating, distinction designations, or special education determination status. To access the preliminary 2015–16 TAPR, log onto the TEASE Accountability application at https://seguin.tea.state.tx.us/apps/logon.asp, and click the TAPR tab at the top of the welcome page. Please see the instructions below for accessing the Accountability application.

The preliminary 2015–16 TAPR and the TAPR Glossary are scheduled to be posted to the TEA public website on Thursday, November 3. The TAPR Glossary contains definitions and methodologies for all items found in the TAPR.

About the TAPR

The TAPR will not be mailed to districts, but it can be printed directly from TEASE. The data have been masked; you may release the TAPR as provided on TEASE to the public.

In December, TEA will post to its website the final 2015–16 TAPR and the TAPR Guidelines, which are intended to help districts fulfill their legal responsibilities regarding the TAPR and annual report of their educational performance. At that time, the cover page of the final TAPR will be updated to include the final state academic accountability rating, distinction designations, and special education determination status.

The December release of the final TAPR starts the 90-day public dissemination period (winter break not included). Within 90 days, districts must hold a hearing for public discussion of the annual report of their educational performance, which includes the final TAPR. Districts must also widely publish their annual reports along with the final TAPR within two weeks following the public hearing.

How to Access the TEASE Accountability Application

If you have access to TEASE Accountability, you will see ACCT – Accountability listed as one of the Web applications. Launch ACCT – Accountability.

  • Superintendents who do not have access to TEASE Accountability must request a username and password through the TEASE Applications Reference page.

You may also use this reference page to reset your TEASE password. If you are unsure whether you have TEASE access and/or have forgotten your TEASE username, e-mail TEA Security at ComputerAccess@tea.texas.gov.

If you have questions about these reports, please contact us here at Region 13 System Support at 512-919-5131.

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2016 Index 2 and Index 3 Targets

TEA has (finally) posted Appendix L of the 2016 Accountability Manual that provides targets on each of the performance indexes for non-AEA and AEA districts and schools.

Click on the following link to view – the 2016 Index Targets

 

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2016 State Accountability Updates

This afternoon, TEA will provide an update to the 2016 state accountability system during TETN session #36664 (from 1:00–3:00 p.m.). If you can’t join in through a streaming session, you can download the PowerPoint slides from the link below.

TETN Presentation April 21_v4

Also, take a look at yesterday’s TAA, which mentions that students who were affected by online testing issues would be excluded from the 2016 state accountability system. You can view the letter from the Commissioner here.

 

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Miss The 2016 Texas Assessment Conference? We’ve Got You Covered!

Yesterday, TEA presented information on the 2016 accountability system and provided an update on HB 2804 and the issues under consideration for the new accountability system that will be implemented in 2017-18. If you were unable to attend, fear not! Download a copy of the TEA presentation by clicking on the link below:

2016 Assessment Conference_February 16

(requires Microsoft PowerPoint)

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2014-15 Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) Available Now!

The Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) for the 2014-15 school year is now available at http://tea.texas.gov/tprs.aspx

The TPRS, which provides detailed results at the school, district, region, and state levels, includes information previously unreleased in the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). Performance and participation results for 2015 include assessments for STAAR grade 3-8 mathematics, STAAR A, and STAAR Alternate 2 and are reported for the following additional student groups:

• Economically Disadvantaged/Non-Economically Disadvantaged
• Male/Female
• Special Education/Non-Special Education
• At Risk/Non-At Risk
• Migrant/Non-Migrant
• English Language Learners (ELLs)
• Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Non-CTE

The TPRS also presents detailed results for several postsecondary readiness indicators, including the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and reports results for AP/IB exams and the SAT/ACT by subject area.

The tabbed layout of the TPRS is designed to provide easy access to different reports for a single school, district, region, or the entire state in a single browser window without having to use multiple searches. Additionally, the data download link allows users to see the raw data used to determine the results shown in both the TAPR and TPRS.

While districts are not required to announce or distribute the TPRS to their boards of trustees or local communities, they may choose to provide a link to the TPRS on their websites.

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TEA releases statewide STAAR grades 3-8 mathematics passing rates

FINALLY! TEA released math passing rates for the spring 2015 administration of STAAR.  For the TEA news release, see the following link.

Comparison charts of statewide results and summary charts provide greater detail on all STAAR results. To review state-level reports for grades 3–8, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/staar/rpt/sum/.

 

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TEA releases 2015 Accountability Ratings

To view the 2015 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses (plus distinction designations earned at the campus and district level), visit the Texas Education Agency website now at – http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2015/index.html

Parents and the general public seeking a quick overview of the state accountability system and what goes into the annual ratings of schools, districts and charters can watch an informational animation video at http://youtu.be/cbEgrdijuc8.

 

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