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STAAR Online Testing Preparation

In preparation for the upcoming testing season, you may want to be making plans to install the STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser appropriate for your operating system(s).


STAAR is now available online to ANY student and required for ALL students who have documentation in their IEPs about the need tof embedded digital accommodations (Text-to-Speech, Content Supports, and Language & Vocabulary Supports via pop-ups and roll-overs).


Familiarity and practice using the online platform and tools needs to begin as soon as possible for teachers and students to feel sufficiently prepared.


Teachers and students need to plan and coordinate the time in labs to take the STAAR online tutorials… as well as the practice tests.


The 2016 STAAR online released practice tests are available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser, which requires a download/installation. Secure Browsers for various platforms are available for download at http://www.texasassessment.com/technology/


Should anyone be interested, here is a link https://acentral.mightybell.com/posts/947979 to a chat transcript on this topic:  “Online STAAR: How do I prepare my students?”  It states that providing frequent opportunities for students to experience text-to-speech (TTS), content supports and language supports in any form of practice is useful.  To this end, suggestions for websites and applications that can be used during instruction AND that replicate the STAAR online features are provided.


For questions about STAAR online please contact Nichole Kertis at  512-919-5246 or Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net


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