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, accessibility feature, and non-embedded accommodations (not in the platform)
  • There will be embedded accommodations for text to speech, language and vocabulary supports, and content supports
  • Accessibility features will be included (TBD)
  • Accommodations students use during STAAR administration will be selected on the basis of documentation in the IEP of current instructional accommodations, routinely and effectively used in the classroom; students will receive only the specific accommodations he or she uses
  • If students’ ARDs or Section 504 committees had selected STAAR A assessments for Spring 2017, IEP/504 plan will need to be updated to reflect each assessment the student will take and the specific embedded accommodations and non-embedded accommodations (i.e., supports that are not part of the technology platform) that the student requires during testing.  It will be a case by case decision as to update through an ARD or through an IEP amendment.
  • The accessibility features that are available to all students in the online version of STAAR do not need to be listed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, unless the student’s ARD or Section 504 committee wants to ensure that the student uses a certain feature.

We have a list of questions as we are sure you do about the new online STAAR.  A TETN is scheduled Friday, September 23rd, 9:00-12:00 at which TEA will share additional information and address questions.  Please feel free to join us at Region 13 in Treaty Oak to learn and problem solve with us.

STAAR Online Administrations Beginning in March 2017

Contacts: Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net, Ann Jacobson ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, or Ann Jinkins ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net

STAAR A Practice Sets are Posted for March Testing

Email from TEA’s Justin Porter regarding STAAR A Online Practice Tests.

Colleagues,

Over the last two weeks we have posted practice tests to the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP) as they have become available. As of late last night, all practice tests associated with the March test administrations have been posted as well as a sprinkling of practice tests associated with May. Over the next couple of weeks, the remaining practice tests associated with May grades and subjects will be posted.

Please forward this information on to interested district staff in your region.

 

Thank you for your patience with this ongoing release.  

 Justin Porter Ed.D.

Director, Assessments for Special Populations

 Student Assessment Division                                                            

Texas Education Agency

STAAR A Tutorials are now posted

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The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) online tutorials are now available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform. The STAAR practice tests will be released in the next few weeks as they become available. The tutorials and practice tests are designed to provide opportunities for students and staff to familiarize themselves with the online testing environment and embedded tools. It is expected that all students participating in an online test administration complete the tutorial and practice tests prior to taking the assessment. This includes students taking STAAR end-of-course (EOC), STAAR standardized oral administration (SOA), STAAR L, and STAAR A online assessments.
Tutorials
The tutorial is the first step for students to learn about the online testing environment. The tutorial shows students how to navigate through the test, respond to the different question types, and access the available tools. Tutorials are available for each grade/subject and course that is offered online.
Practice Tests
The practice tests are the second step for students to learn about the online testing environment. The practice tests provide students with an opportunity to interact with the test interface, respond to questions, and locate and use available tools. Practice tests will be available for each grade/subject and course that is offered online. The content used in an individual practice test is representative of content for that grade band and subject but does not necessarily align to the specific curriculum standards for that test. The STAAR Online Testing Platform operates through a secure browser that must be installed on a desktop or tablet. Instructions for downloading and installing the secure browser are included in the attachment.
For questions about the STAAR program, call TEA’s Student Assessment Division at (512)463-9536. For questions about the STAAR Online Testing Platform or for support installing the secure browsers, call the Texas Assessment Support Center at (855) 333-7770.
Additional information can be found at TEA’s Student Assessment page.
STAAR A information from Region 13 can be found on our STAAR A Thinglink.
Contact us if you have questions.
JC Sanders – Access to the General Curriculum
Nichole Kertis-Barton – Assistive Technology
Trish Flores – ESL and Bilingual
Judy Bulter – Dyslexia and 504

Are you wondering how to effectively choose and use accommodations for students with disabilities?

Then come to Accommodations Central workshop on December 1, 2015!

In this workshop you will acquire tools to implement a five step accommodation process that includes selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations in the classroom. You will also learn how to link appropriate classroom accommodations to appropriate testing accommodations.

Region 13 Specialists will provide updated information about STAAR Accommodations Triangle and STAAR A.

This workshop will look at accommodations suitable for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The accommodation process is applicable to any subject area and meaningful to special education teachers as well as general education teachers.

We hope to see you there!

To register visit, ecampus.esc13.net and search for Accommodations Central or workshop #FA1532296

State Assessment for Students with Disabilities 15-16 Update Highlights

tea staara update

Thursday 9.17.15  the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Student Assessment staff shared updates regarding STAAR assessments for students with disabilities.  Though STAAR and STAAR A are moving from Pearson to ETS, there will not be major changes for any assessment this year.

Accommodations for STAAR

The accommodations triangle from previous years has only a few clarification changes.  The accommodations revised are Oral/Signed Administration, Mathematics Manipulatives, Calculation Devices, and Supplemental Aids. To see these changes, reference each accommodation document from the accommodations triangle on the TEA Accommodations Resources webpage. Make sure you select 2016 Accommodations link to see accommodations for the 2016 spring testing session. December 2015 tests will still be under 2015 Accommodations guidelines.

STAAR A

STAAR A for Spring 2016 testing session will be similar to STAAR A Spring 2015 though the testing platform will move to the ETS system. Updated resources for STAAR A, additional resources, and new training opportunities will be posted to the STAAR A Resources webpage as they become available. TEA did project that online student tutorials will not be available until the spring semester because of the changes in test platform. TEA reported that survey results from testing administrators of STAAR A were positive and many felt the online test with embedded accommodations had a positive impact on students.

STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate 2 will  be similar to Spring 2015. Changes were made to the materials check-out procedures during the preview period. Released test questions are available for educators to become familiar with the test format, practice the presentation instructions, and to determine options for students to access stimulus images.  TEA  added structured reminders to the allowable accommodations for STAAR Alternate 2. These and other allowable accommodations for STAAR Alternate 2 can be found in the Educators Guide to STAAR Alternate 2 and the 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manual, which will be posted in October. TEA reported  a majority of positive responses on the STAAR Alternate 2 survey. The three week assessment will is April 4-22, 2016.

Technology Update

STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2 now have online platforms that support the use of tablets and Chromebooks. It is anticipated that these devices will be allowed for Spring testing administration.  The Technology System Requirements document is not yet posted on the TEA website. Please watch for more information on this topic.  Update:  Unified Minimum System Requirements for the Administration of Online Assessments has been posted.  

December STAAR A ONLY

December STAAR A tests will be administered as a paper test only. There is no special request process for the paper administration of these tests. It is only for EOCs given in December of 2015. After this administration, all STAAR A testing will follow the original STAAR A format and guidelines. It is not necessary to revisit the assessment decision simply because STAAR A will be administered only on paper in December. The secure STAAR A Paper Administration Guide provides specific instructions for how embedded accommodations are to be provided. Allowable test administrator-provided accommodation support is specifically described in the accommodation tables that will be in the guide. These tables allow the test administrator to Say something to the student, to Show the student a visual, or to Indicate to the student specific information in the student’s test booklet.

  • Test administrators who have not administered a paper version of STAAR A must be trained according to the STAAR A Paper Administration Guide.
  • Individual or small group administrations are necessary because test administrators respond to student requests for reading text aloud and presenting additional accommodations, .
  • Students taking a paper administration of STAAR A cannot be grouped with students taking other assessments.
  • Students record their responses to test questions on the answer document.

For a complete copy of the TEA presentation, go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed and scroll down to Training Information Fall Update TETN.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact JC Sanders, jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net for STAAR accommodation triangle or STAAR A questions, Joanna Ryan, joanna.ryan@esc13.txed.net for STAAR Alternate 2 questions, or Nichole Kertis Barton, nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net  for Assistive Technology questions.

 

STAAR A Post-administration Survey

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A survey regarding the accommodated version of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR® A) has been created for individuals who participated in the 2015 STAAR A administration (e.g., training staff, those assisting with eligibility decisions, those ensuring technology readiness, those administering the test). Your feedback is voluntary and will be greatly appreciated. Information from the survey will be used to help inform decisions regarding future STAAR A administrations.
The 2015 STAAR A Post-administration Survey can be accessed at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARASurvey.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) appreciates your input and willingness to participate in this survey. Please submit responses by May 22, 2015.
For questions regarding STAAR A, contact JC Sanders, ESC 13 Education Specialist, 512-919-5420.
For questions about this survey, contact TEA’s Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.

TEA Guidance in Regards to Determining STAAR A Eligibility

News from TEA in regards to STAAR A accountability, April 8, 2015

Along with the grades 3–8 math assessments, results from STAAR Accommodated (STAAR A) and STAAR Alternate 2 (a redesign of the original STAAR Alternate) will also be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system. The U.S. Department of Education no longer allows Texas to use modified assessments (such as the STAAR Modified), which had been used for students receiving special education services that met certain participation criteria. Those students were administered the STAAR Accommodated this year. In addition, House Bill 5, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to redevelop the STAAR Alternative (STAAR Alt) test which is designed for the state’s most cognitively disabled students. That test was administered for the first time this school year. While results from the STAAR Accommodated and STAAR Alternate 2 will be excluded from the state accountability system, results will be reported to school districts, charters and parents.

Follow-up guidance from TEA Student Assessment Division, April 13, 2015

Determination of Eligibility for STAAR A and Spring 2015 Testing

It is important that local school districts ensure that appropriate assessments are selected and administered to students with disabilities, independent of state accountability considerations.  For students who are served by special education or who participate in a 504 program because of dyslexia, it is the responsibility of Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) and 504 committees to make decisions about which state assessment—STAAR or STAAR A—is the appropriate test to administer.

TEA has provided training and explicit guidance to help ARD and 504 committees make decisions that are in the best interest of students with disabilities. At this point in the school year, the decision to administer STAAR or STAAR A should already have been made and documented for each individual student based on the state’s eligibility requirements and the types of accommodations he or she is successfully using in the classroom to access instruction.

In the absence of new information related to student eligibility and accommodations previously not considered, ARD and 504 committees should not reconsider those testing decisions at this time (OR before spring 2015 testing occurs).

If you have questions regarding STAAR A eligibility, please contact the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or student.assessment@tea.texas.gov.

For additional support, contact JC Sanders at (512)919-5420 or jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net or Ann Jinkins at (512)919-5207 or ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net.

 

SPP Data Submission for 2014-15

The deadline for submission of data for State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 is August 12, 2015. All districts and charter schools must report data for each indicator through TEASE, even if you are reporting that no students in your district meet criteria for that indicator.

TEA has posted the documents and requirements for this year’s data submission. You can also find resources at the Region 13 SPP LiveBinder: www.bit.ly/spptexas

Region 13 will host a webinar to review the requirements for SPP data submission on Wednesday, May 6 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is available through Go To Webinar.

For more information, contact:

Lori Merrell: SPP 7, 11, 12

lori.merrell@esc13.txed.net

Elizabeth Danner: SPP 13, 14

elizabeth.danner@esc13.txed.net

 

 

IDEA MOE Fiscal Requirements: Excess Cost and MOE

Budget Planning for 2015-16 is here. In preparation, each LEA is required to conduct fiscal compliance calculations prior to applying for and receiving federal funds (SPED Consolidated grant application).

Fiscal Requirement #1: Excess Cost Calculation IDEA-B funds must only be spent on the excess cost of serving students with disabilities (SWD). Excess costs are those costs over and above what the LEA spends, on average, for students enrolled at the elementary or secondary level. To determine excess cost, the LEA must calculate the annual average expenditures for the education of elementary and secondary students separately. The LEA is compliant when it spends at least the minimum annual average amount for its SWD before it uses IDEA-B Funds. (For practical purposes, the LEA must spend the minimum average amount per student by the end of the school year to meet compliance).

TEA  Calculation Tool and Instructions

Excess Cost Activities and Timeline: Perform a preliminary calculation to support completion of the SPED Consolidated grant application CS7000 schedule. Then perform a final calculation after the annual audit is finalized.

Fiscal Requirement #2: Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Supplement, Not Supplant

To eligible to receive IDEA-B funds, the LEA must meet the fiscal requirement called MOE and supplement, not supplant. For MOE, LEAs that accept IDEA-B funds must expend on students with disabilities (SWD) at least an amount equal to 100% of the state and/or local funds expended on SWD during the previous year. For supplement, not supplant, LEAs assure that state and/or local funds will not be diverted to other purposes simply because federal funds are available.

TEA IDEA MOE Calculation Tool and Instructions

Recommended Activities Prior to eGrant Submission:

1. Complete Calculation Tool for the two most recent completed years (FY 14 comparing 2012-13 and 2013-14).

2. Estimate compliance by completing the Tool for FY 15 comparing 2013-14 and 2014-15.

3. Project compliance by completing the Tool for FY 16 comparing 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Reports Needed to Calculate MOE FY 14, FY 15, and FY 16

CheatSheets: Instructions for Completing MOE FY 14, FY 15, and FY 16

Questions? Contact linda.McDaniel@esc13.txed.net

Revisions to Maximum Entitlements: 2014-15 IDEA-B Formula Grants

TEA received a revised grant award from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) which requires TEA to recalculate maximum entitlements for the 2014-2015 IDEA-B Formula program.

Not all LEAs will receive an adjusted maximum entitlement.

Method of Revision

TEA staff will adjust the largest class/object code to account for the change in the maximum entitlement amount.

Affected LEAs will receive email notification of the changes TEA staff have made to their program budget. The revised Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) will be attached to that email.

Amendments

TEA will send out an email bulletin alerting LEAs when the revision process is complete.  From now until that alert is distributed, TEA requests that LEAs stop submitting any amendments to claim IDEA-B Formula funding.  Amendments for any other changes to the application may be submitted at any time.

Once TEA sends out its alert that the revision process is complete, affected LEAs may file an amendment to revise their budgets, if necessary. Please refer to the “When to Amend the Application” document on the TEA website to determine if an amendment is necessary.

The deadline to submit “amendments” is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, June 12, 2015.

ESC 13 SPED Funding Contact: Linda McDaniel at linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net
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Training for New EDGAR Regulations Formally called Uniform Guidance

 

On December 26, 2014, new regulations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMG) went into effect for all federal agencies that award grants, including the US Department of Education (USDE). The TEA website has details on the new regulations that are now referred to as the New EDGAR.

The New EDGAR governs all federal grants awarded by USDE to the state on or after December 26, 2014. To prepare for the changes in administering 2015–2016 LEA federal grants, TEA has scheduled the following training sessions.

 

Education Service Center Cluster Site Trainings

In March and April 2015, TEA will hold cluster site face to face trainings at selected education service centers (ESCs) throughout the state. TEA will focus these trainings on grantee implementation of the new guidance requirements, rather than repeating the information shared at the statewide training that occurred on March 2 and 3. Each of the five cluster site trainings will cover the same content. Use the following links to register directly with the following ESCs:

Education Service Center Region 13 Opportunities 

On March 27 the cluster site face to face training at ESC 4 may be viewed at the ESC 13 or you can view it at your LEA through video conference. If you are interested in viewing the video conference via ESC 13, please register in ecampus with the following workshop number

  • In person at ESC Region 13 viewing the video conference – SP1532033
  • Video conference through ESC 13 at your LEA – SP1532034

On April 16 the cluster site face to face training at ESC 20 may be viewed at the ESC 13 or you can view it at your LEA through video conference.  If you are interested in viewing the video conference via ESC 13, please register in ecampus with the following workshop number.

  • In person at ESC 13 viewing the video conference – April 16 SP 1532035
  • Video conference through ESC 13 at your LEA – April 16 SP1532036

If you have questions, please contact Shirley Sanford at Shirley.sanford@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5375.

Transition Fair at Region 13

Region 13 will be hosting a Transition Fair to connect students and families with information about the services and supports available for adults with disabilities. This event is free and open to the public. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available. For more information, contact Elizabeth Danner at elizabeth.danner@esc13.txed.net

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX, 78723

Flyers available in English and Spanish

Consultation for Private Nonprofit School Participation

Reminders about private / home school consultation for LEAs (Does not apply to Charters)

1. According to the Program Guidelines for the Special Education Consolidated Grant Application, LEAs must consult with private schools “before preparing and submitting this application” (page 29 of current grant guidelines).

2. Consultation must be “timely, meaningful, and ongoing” (page 32 of current grant guidelines). The ‘ongoing’ requirement includes how the consultation process will operate during the school year to ensure that parentally-placed children with disabilities identified through Child Find activities can meaningfully participate in special education and related services.

3. LEA must consult with private school representatives and representatives of parents of parentally-placed private school children with disabilities during the design and development of special education (page 32 0f current grant guidelines).

What this may mean for your LEA (Does not apply to Charters)

1. Consider beginning consultation for 2015-16 in late spring or June before developing your 2015-16 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application. This timing ensures stakeholders’ input is considered upfront during the design and development of the grant application.

2. Determine how additional consultation opportunities will be offered during 2015-16 for new eligible students, e.g.,  identified through child find activities or recent withdrawal to homeschool or private school.

3. Review your LEA’s Special Education Operating Guidelines against the Program Guidelines to ensure compliance. The 2015–16 Program Guidelines will be published with the 2015-16 SPED Consolidated Grant Application later on this spring.

Private Nonprofit School Participation Contact: Joy Hunsucker at joy.hunsucker@esc13.txed

Funding / Proportionate Share / eGrants: Linda McDaniel at linda.mcdaniel@eswc13.txed.net

 

Public Review and Comment Period: Proposed Texas Application for IDEA-B Funds

Deadline for Submitting Public Comment: March 31, 2015

For the state of Texas to receive its IDEA Part B grant funds each federal fiscal year, TEA must complete an application packet and submit it to the USDE Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Prior to submission to OSEP, the State Application (Texas) will be available for public review for 60 days. Within that 60-day time period, there will be a 30-day public comment period.

The TEA will accept written comments pertaining to the Proposed State Application by mail to Policy Team, TEA Division of Federal and State Education Policy, 1701 North Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701-1494 or by e-mail to sped@tea.texas.gov.

Individuals are encouraged to use the comment form provided on the TEA web page. The deadline for submitting public comment is March 31, 2015.

Questions to any ESC Region 13 Compliance Team member: Ann Jinkins, Lori Merrell, Joy Hunsucker, Elizabeth Danner or Linda McDaniel

New Charter Form for Requesting Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for 2015-16

For the 2015–2016 school year, TEA has developed a single special collections report to replace the SC5010–NCLB Data Request Form for Federal Funding and the SC5011–Special Education Charter Data Request. This data collection requirement applies to open-enrollment charter schools, special local educational agencies (LEAs), and state schools only. It does not apply to independent school districts.

The 2015–2016 Request for Federal Funding & Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools (SC5050) is now available in eGrants.

SC5050 Deadline: April 7, 2015

To ensure eligibility and planning amounts are determined for the applicant, the SC5050 must be certified and submitted no later than April 7, 2015.

Applicable Entities

The SC5050 is an eGrants special collections report that applies to the following entities:
* Open-enrollment charter schools
* South Texas ISD
* Windham School District
* Texas Juvenile Justice Department
* Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
* Texas School for the Deaf

TEA will use this submission of the SC5050 to determine eligibility and planning amounts for applicable No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal programs and indirect cost rates, if requested. TEA will open the SC5050 again in August 2015 to collect data for NCLB and special education significant expansion consideration.

For details on the SC5050, refer to the To the Administrator Addressed letter entitled “New Special Data Collection Report Available” posted to the TEA Correspondence webpage.

ESC 13 Special Education Funding Contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

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STAAR A Administration Information

STAAR A ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION UPDATE

District personnel should familiarize themselves with online testing policies and procedures in the test administration manuals, as well as technology information at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/techinfo.

STAAR A TUTORIALS AND PRACTICE SETS

Students taking grades 3-5, grades 6-8, or end-of-course (EOC) STAAR A assessments can access STAAR A student tutorials to practice using the available features at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARA-tutorials.

Stand-alone practice sets for gridding answers, typing written responses, and using online calculators are available to students at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARA.

PREPARING FOR STAAR A ONLINE TESTING

Evaluate Online Testing Infrastructure
District and campus testing coordinators should work with technology staff to ensure that infrastructure is in place for online testing with STAAR A. Information about setting up and conducting online administrations and navigating TestNav can be found in the TestNav 7 Combined Technical Guide and TestNav and Proctor Caching Quick Start available at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/techinfo. For more information about preparing for online testing, refer to the Infrastructure Readiness for Online Testing email at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/communications.

Build STAAR A Test Sessions
Districts should ensure that STAAR A online test sessions are created in the Texas Assessment Management System, delivered through PearsonAccess. Refer to the Creating a New Test Session section of the Users Guide for the Texas Assessment Management System at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/guide for information about setting up STAAR A test sessions.

After selecting the test from the Test to be Administered drop-down menu, carefully make selections from the remaining lists of options determined by the accommodations available to the student. Details for selecting the Read Aloud by Test Examiner option are described below.

Select No if the student will take the STAAR A assessment online or with a TEA-approved paper administration. Then select either STAAR A Online or STAAR A Transcribe Paper from the Default Form Group Type drop-down menu.

Select Yes ONLY if the student will receive a signed administration or lip reading of the STAAR A assessment then select Proctor STAAR A from the Default Form Group Type drop-down menu.

ADMINISTERING STAAR A GRADES 4 AND 7 WRITING

STAAR A Grades 4 and 7 Two-Day Writing Online Seal Codes
STAAR A grades 4 and 7 writing are two-day assessments. The original student authorization must be used on both days to access the test. When students are finished with their tests on Day 1, select the Exit button and then select the I want to exit this test and finish later option. The Day 2 section of the online assessment can only be accessed by logging in with the student authorization from the previous day and then entering a seal code into TestNav. The seal code is listed on the Seal Codes PDF available under the Authorizations drop-down menu on the Session Details screen for each online session. For more information about student authorizations and online seal codes, refer to the Viewing and Printing Authorizations and Seal Codes sections of the Users Guide for the Texas Assessment Management System at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/guide.

Transcription of Student Responses to STAAR A Written Compositions
For the 2015 administration, students taking the STAAR A grade 4 writing assessment may have their responses to the written composition typed exactly as written by the student, including mistakes, into the TestNav response boxes by a test administrator, if needed. Test administrators should be trained on the guidelines for transcribing student responses found in the Special Instructions/Considerations section of the Basic Transcribing accommodation policy. This policy can be found on TEAs Accommodations Resources webpage at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations.

Students taking the STAAR A grade 7 writing, English I, or English II assessments must type their own responses into TestNav unless they are eligible for the Basic Transcribing accommodation. Eligibility for this accommodation must be documented in the appropriate paperwork (e.g., IEP, IAP).

For questions about the administration of STAAR A assessments, call Education Service Center Region 13 at 512-919-5420 or TEAs Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536. For questions about the Assessment Management System, call Pearsons Austin Operations Center at 800-627-0225.

Using MS Word to Simulate STAAR A- Extra Practice and Prep for Students

If your eligible students have already practiced and practiced with the STAAR A Student Tutorials, yet you’d still like them to continue to receive and use similar digital accommodations during instruction or for end of unit tests, then this resource may be of help-  How to use Built-In Features of MS Word to Simulate STAAR A: Extra Practice and Preparation for Students

In actuality, this resource could help other students, ANY student, but realize that there is particular anxiety around preparation for STAAR A currently.

Please contact me if you have questions or need assistance. Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net / 512.919.5246

 

 

STAAR A Info all in one spot

We have created a Thinglink called STAAR A: Things You Need to Know. To access this resource, click this link: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/609494907593162752

While viewing the Thinglink, hover over the picture to see the hotspot dots. Then hover over a dot to see where the link will take you. Click on the dots to access various resources for STAAR A. We hope you find it helpful. Please share it!

For more information, contact:

JC Sanders

Education Specialist for Inclusion

jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net