Archive for the ‘STAAR’ Category

2018 STAAR Accommodation Updates

TEA has shared updated information on 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies. New for 2018: Accessibility Features: A sticky notes tool was added to the online system. The use of amplification and projection devices was changed from designated supports to accessibility features. Designated Supports: Content and language supports were combined into one embedded support. A spell […]

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 2017-2018 meeting is on Wednesday, September 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive […]

Student Assessment TETN Schedule

Mark your calendars for the September 12 TETN to receive the latest updates and training on STAAR Accessibility! This TETN is open to districts as well as Education Service Centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from districts that are members of the Distance Learning Network by contacting Distance Learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444. […]

STAAR, Tablets/iPads, Speech-to-Text, and Test Security!

Preparing for STAAR takes a village! There is information on slide 64 in the 2017 ESC Testing Coordinators Training Presentation on exceptions to the prohibition on internet access for tablets used in STAAR testing that are not in any other TEA document. These exceptions are important to students who have been using web-based speech-to-text as a […]

STAAR Alternate 2 Update

Good news! Based on the September 23rd STAAR Alternate 2 TETN on September 23, 2016 , there are only minimal changes to STAAR Alternate 2 for the April 2017 test administration.     Key dates for the 2017 administration are: March 17, 2017 – last day for Test Administrator Training March 20-31, 2017 – Preview […]

What we know about the new online STAAR…

TEA has shared information on the new online version of STAAR that will be available beginning in March 2017.  STAAR A and STAAR L will no longer be used as the online version will take their place.  What we know is limited to the communication from State Assessment: The new version will have embedded accommodations, […]

WELCOME TO ACCOMMODATION CENTRAL

If you’re an educator trying to decipher all of your students’ accommodations and wondering what specifically they mean and if they’re really even effective, then you’ll really appreciate this new website designed with your needs in mind.  Welcome to Accommodation Central….. Accommodation Central (www.acentral.education) is your ONE online stop for current information on supports for […]

TEA News: Significant Changes to June STAAR Testing for Grades 5 and 8, Student Success Initiative (SSI) Requirements and Confidential Student Reporting Timelines

On June 10, 2016 Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, released a statement canceling the June STAAR Testing for Grades 5 and 8. To read the statement in full and more information about SSI and CSR please click here.  

Specially Designed Instruction in Math Summer Series!

Are you a math teacher? Do you have students with disabilities in your class? Region 13 is offering a special workshop series just for you! If you are a general education teacher working with 1st graders, or a special education teacher working in an Algebra I class, or anything in between, this summer series has […]

March 2016 STAAR Grades 5 and 8 Online Testing Update

April 20, 2016 To the Administrator Addressed communication from TEA has provided guidance on how to address SSI requirements for students affected by the online testing issues that occurred in March. Issues identified with the online testing are: 1.  students provided with an incorrect version of the test, and 2. students logged out due to […]

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