K-5 Teacher Survey – Make your voice heard!

Stakeholder Perspectives on Instructional Support and Professional Development Needs to Enhance Literacy for All Students

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) are conducting a survey to learn more about teachers’ perspectives on the literacy development of all learners and preferences for professional development. The information gathered will guide development of training modules and classroom resources designed to assist teachers in the transition from state assessments based on modified standards to the general state assessment, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). More information on this initiative is available at Targeting the 2 Percent.

Educators who work with students in grades kindergarten–5 are invited to complete the short survey at www.survey.utexas.edu/tea.

STAAR A – Q&A with TEA!

The Assessments for Special Populations Team in the Student Assessment Division at TEA will be holding a TETN on Monday the 17th of November from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (CST). The purpose of this TETN will be to address questions that members of the field may have regarding STAAR A.

To be respectful of everyones time, TEA would like to have the questions in advance. Please submit STAAR A related questions to the following email address PRIOR to Wednesday, November the 12th: test.accommodations@tea.state.tx.us  

This TETN is open to districts as well as service centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from the comfort of your district by contacting distance learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444.


Also we are excited to announce the Student Tutorials have been posted on the STAAR A Resources page, http://texasassessment.com/administrations/STAAR-A/resources/.

The student tutorials are available in grade bands. Sample questions from each subject that is tested within that grade band are available in the student tutorials. Student tutorials are for teachers and students to become familiar with the testing tools, embedded accommodations, and accessibility features available on the STAAR A test.