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2011-2012 administration dates for the Middle-school Students in Texas Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screener

The information below is from a TEA announcement in Project Share:

TEA is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 administration dates for the Middle-school Students in Texas Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screener. The fall administration window will be August 29, 2011 – September, 27, 2011. The winter administration window will be January 2-31, 2012. The spring administration will be April 2, 2012 – May 9, 2012.

The MSTAR Universal Screener can be accessed through the Texas Math and Science Diagnostic System (TMSDS) at www.tmsds.org. A new data file must be uploaded in order to receive usernames and passwords for the 2011-2012 school year. Districts may begin sending their data files in the summer or as soon as class rosters are finalized. Uploading the file in the summer or early August will ensure your students will receive usernames and passwords prior to the launch of the fall administration. For assistance with the upload process, contact the TMSDS representative at your local education service center (ESC). You may also contact TMSDS@region10.org.

The MSTAR Universal Screener is a formative assessment system administered to students in grades 5-8 to support instructional decisions. The purpose of the MSTAR Universal Screener is to help teachers make two important decisions within the Response to Intervention (RTI) process: (1) are students on-track or at-risk for meeting expectations in algebra and algebra-readiness, and (2) what is the degree of intensity of instructional supports or supplemental interventions needed for students who are at-risk for not meeting expectations in algebra. Results can help teachers identify students who are in need of additional instructional support in their development of knowledge and skills that relate directly to algebra readiness. Teachers will be able to monitor students’ risk status by administering comparable forms of the MSTAR Universal Screener in fall, winter, and early spring.

Please contact TMSDS@region10.org or mstarscreener@tea.state.tx.us with questions.

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5 Responses to “2011-2012 administration dates for the Middle-school Students in Texas Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screener”

  1. I am very interested in administering the MSTAR this fall. Is there a fee for this service?

  2. Susan Hemphill says:

    TMSDS is free for public schools and public charters with funding from TEA. You do need to enroll your campus or district in order to use the system. For more information go to http://www.tmsds.org, helpful links are at the bottom of the page.

  3. Amy Ellison says:

    Do we have the window dates for the 2012-2013 fall administration of the universal screener?

    • Jennifer Drumm says:

      Below are the 2012-2013 windows for administration of the MSTAR Universal
      Screener. You will notice the first week is noted as a “soft launch.” If
      you would like to participate in the “soft launch,” please contact Susan Hemphill at susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net.

      Fall Window (Soft launch)

      August 27- 31, 2012 (Selected campuses)

      Fall Window (Open to everyone)

      September 3-28, 2012

      Winter Window

      January 7 – February 8, 2013

      Spring Window

      April 8 – May 10, 2013

      Please also see the notification of informational webinars posted yesterday to the blog.


  4. jdrumm says:

    We are seeking information to answer your question regarding the 2012-2013 fall administration and will post as soon as possible.

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