STAAR Alternate 2 Updates for 2018-2019!

TEA has shared their Fall Updates for the 2018-2019 STAAR Alternate 2! 

New Information

  • There is no longer a verification window.
  • Students who transfer/move to a new district ON OR AFTER the first day of the STAAR Alternate 2 testing window do not have to be tested.
  • For the 2019 administration, student booklet images will be in full color except for historical photos and images where color is found to be distracting (e.g. multiple sets of geometric shapes).
  • Initial orders of student booklets will be shipped based on students registered during Student Data Submission window, not enrollment estimates as in previous years.
  • Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the general oath will no longer be found in the back of STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manual. The new online District and Campus Coordinator Resources (DCCR) includes the new interactive oath.
  • TEA will be requesting a waiver for the 2018-2019 school year in order to assess more than 1.0 percent of students, based on assessment data from 2017-18. This will be similar to the request made for the 2017-2018 school year.

Clarifications

  • STAAR Alternate 2 must be administered with the student booklet.
  • Use of the image cards is optional.
  • A test administrator may use image cards for multiple students if there is no evidence of reuse or that accommodations were applied (e.g. highlighting, coloring, cropping, etc.).
  • Examples of ways that “clean” image cards may be used for multiple students include pairing the cards with text and presenting answer choices one at a time.
  • New resources include the Science Vertical Alignment document and Science Curriculum Frameworks.
  • STAAR Alternate 2 is an untimed assessment, and the test does not have to be given in one session. See the full TETN presentation for timing options.
  • TEA has outlined best practices for utilizing the Preview Window. Any presentation of materials or introduction of concepts or topics prior to test administration is considered a serious irregularity.  See the full TETN presentation for more information.

Coming in October

  • Updated STAAR Alternate 2 Educator Guide
  • NEW revised Medical Exception Eligibility and No Authentic Academic Response requirements in both English and Spanish
  • Updated Instructional Terms Lists and Essence Statements
  • Revised STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Manual (non-secure portion) (posted 10/01/2018)

Key Dates

  • Enrollment Window: October 22-November 9, 2018
  • Enrollment counts for large print should be submitted during the “district submits participation counts” window of October 22-November 9, 2018.
  • Preview Window: March 18-29, 2019
  • Assessment Window: April 1-23, 2019
  • Region 13 will be presenting two free workshops focusing on STAAR Alternate 2 administration

Click here to access TEA’s full TETN presentation on STAAR Alternate 2 Updates for 2018-19.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Russell at Jennifer.Russell@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5206 or Darcy Schiller at Darcy.Schiller@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5224.

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrators: Your Input is Needed!

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The Texas Education Agency uses feedback from test administrators to drive updates (or not) to assessment materials and processes – here is your opportunity to play a role in the reflection and update process!  Please review the information from TEA, below, and follow the link to record your experience:

“Testing personnel are urged to participate in a survey to provide feedback regarding their experience with the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 administration. The information received from this survey will be used to help improve future STAAR Alternate 2 administrations.

The 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 Survey for Test Administrators can be accessed at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARAlternate2TASurvey.

The Texas Education Agency appreciates your input and willingness to participate in these surveys. Responses should be submitted by May 13, 2016.

Contact the Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 627-0225 for questions or assistance.”

STAAR Alternate 2 – 2016 Overview

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If you are a first-time STAAR Alternate 2 test administrator and would like to learn more about the planning, preparation, and administration of this assessment, then please join us at the service center on December 14 or January 25 for a day of informational activities. During this one-day optional training, we will discuss:

  • ARD responsibilities, including the Participation Requirements document
  • Allowable Accommodations for STAAR Alternate 2
  • Sample Test Questions
  • Testing Timelines
  • Planning instruction using the Essence Statements, TEKS Curriculum Framework and TEKS Vertical Alignment documents

Please note: This training is designed for first-time test administrators.  If you successfully administered the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment last year, you may consider reviewing the materials on the STAAR Alternate 2 Resources webpage in lieu of attending this training.

To register for this free training, visit Region 13’s eCampus system.

Workshop IDs

December 14: FA1533766

January 25: SP1633767

We hope to see you there!

STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window Revision

The ESCs and District Testing Coordinators have received information on a calendar revision for STAAR Alternate 2 from the Student Assessment Division of TEA:

The 2015 STAAR Alternate 2 administration window was originally planned for two weeks in an effort to minimize the amount of time taken from instruction. The length of the administration window reflected the data collected following the pilot test conducted in January 2014. While districts have not had experience with the new test design beyond the pilot test, some have expressed concern that it may be difficult to complete the administration in the time allowed. Therefore, the window for the administration of the 2015 STAAR Alternate 2 has been extended to three weeks for the 2014-2015 school year. Districts will be able to administer the test and enter student responses beginning February 9 through 27, 2015. March 2 and 3 will be reserved for data verification with the system closing at 5pm (CST) on March 3, 2015.

Additionally, the policy regarding the 10-day preview period that allows test administrators to access the secure testing materials prior to the administration window for the purpose of applying accommodations required by the individual student has been changed. Test administrators may be allowed access to secure testing materials for purposes of applying accommodations upon the arrival of the secure test materials in the district. Note that secure materials are due to be shipped from Pearson on January 19, 2014.

Note from Region 13:  The above paragraph means that test administrators/assistants are no longer limited to 10 days for preview.  As soon as test materials arrive AND test administrators/assistants are trained and have signed their oath, they may begin to preview materials and may continue throughout the test window. Further, in a TETN on December 8, TEA stated  “Accommodations should be prepared during the preview period but may also be prepared during the testing window.”

If you have questions about STAAR Alternate 2, please contact TEA’s Student Assessment Division – STAAR Alternate at staaralt@tea.state.tx.us or 512-463-9536 or Ann Jacobson at Region 13 at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5167.