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State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Transition to New Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Mathematics

The Texas Education Agency posted additional information regarding assessment of mathematics standards on May 1st at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810943. Key items in this communication include:

  • In the past the Texas Assessment Program has integrated changes to the TEKS in the state assessments using an “overlap year” approach for the first year of TEKS implementation.
  • The overlap in the algebra content between the current and the revised TEKS is fairly extensive.
    • Therefore, an overlap plan for assessing Algebra I and Algebra II in 2015–2016 is feasible.
    • The tests will only assess the content that overlaps between the current and the revised TEKS in the first year the revised TEKS are required to be taught.
  • There is not sufficient overlap between the current and the revised TEKS at grades 3-8 to make the overlap approach feasible.
  • The current plan for assessment in grades 3-8:
    • A special operational administration that incorporates the revised mathematics TEKS as indicated in the recently posted STAAR assessed curriculum documents and blueprints available on the STAAR Mathematics Resources webpage at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/math/.
    • For the spring 2015 STAAR grades 3–8 mathematics test administrations, students will receive a raw score (XX questions correct out of XX total questions) prior to the end of the school year based on their performance on the assessments.
    • Data from the spring administrations will be used to establish new performance standards for STAAR mathematics in summer 2015.
    • The new performance standards will be retroactively applied to the spring 2015 administrations with new reports and data files sent to school districts in August 2015.
    • Student Success Initiative (SSI) retest opportunities for STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics will not be offered in May and June of 2015.
    • For the 2014–2015 school year, districts will use other relevant academic information to make promotion/retention decisions for mathematics.
For full details please read the posting at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810943.
For assistance with mathematics please contact our ESC Region 13 math team – http://www4.esc13.net/math/contact-us-math/

 

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