Register today for Power of Inclusion!

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of diverse learners.

Power of Inclusion is a one-day workshop that offers general educators, special educators, and paraprofessionals an opportunity to develop relationships and expand their understanding of how to provide access to the general education curriculum for all students.

Topics covered include co-teaching approaches, paraprofessional support, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, roles and responsibilities, collaboration, and planning.

Date: October 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $45.00

Register for Power of Inclusion in Ecampus by using course number FA1839170.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2018-2019 meeting is on Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.  This year, our meetings will include a book study, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, by Dr. Katie Novak.  In addition, Region 13 Specialists will join us to provide behavior guidance and assistive technology information.

You can register for SPIN meetings for FREE in Ecampus by using course number FA1839043.

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net

TEA announces the 2018-2019 STAAR Interim Assessment Tool

On August 6, 2018 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the availability of the STAAR Interim Assessments.

What are the STAAR Interim Assessments?

These are free, optional, online interim assessments that align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The interim assessments provide actionable data to help educators improve instruction as well as help predict student performance on the STAAR.

When will the STAAR Interim Assessments be available?

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.

How do I access the STAAR Interim Assessments?

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.

What are some key features of the STAAR Interim Assessments?

  • 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
    • 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
    • a pop-up window that shows the test question
    • data files and percentages representing the statistical probability of achieving “Approaches”, “Meets” and “Masters” grade level expectations on STAAR

Is there a particular value for special education teachers?

Yes! Not only do the interim assessments provide valuable data, they also help teachers determine what designated supports might be beneficial to students so they can integrate the supports into their classroom instruction. In addition, the interim assessments provide a meaningful way for students to practice with the STAAR Online features. Success on the interim assessments can help teachers and administrators make appropriate testing decisions for students.

How can I learn more about the STAAR Interim Assessments?

Over the next few weeks, ETS will be hosting a series of webinar training opportunities for the interim assessments. Recorded versions of the webinars will be posted for educators who are not able to participate. More information about the upcoming webinars and the STAAR Interim Assessments can be found on TEA’s website at Interim Assessments.

For answers to more questions read the Interim Assessment FAQ.

If you have questions about the interim assessments, contact the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or studentassessment@tea.texas.gov.