Texas Assessment Conference

Preconference Workshops

  • TestHound Best Practices, your "test" best friend
    Lara Miller, Regional Account Manager, Education Advanced, Inc.
    Erin Todd, Regional Account Manager, Education Advanced, Inc.

    Has your district implemented TestHound or are you thinking about joining the TestHound family? Come learn about TestHound and let's start the year strong. Meet our TestHound account managers and network with other DTCs as we share best practices in inventory management, test scheduling, accommodations, and more including training on TestHound. Learn how to support your district and campuses throughout the year. Together we can help take the stress out of testing!

    Mysteries of the DTC Solved!
    Tracy McDaniel, Director of Testing, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
    Shannon Kuhrt, Director of Assessment, Wichita Falls ISD
    Elda Garcia, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Corpus Christi ISD
    Thomas Negri, Coordinator State Assessments, Fort Bend ISD
    Christina Trotter, Coordinator of Student Assessment, Humble ISD

    Pull back the curtain and unlock the secrets that experienced district test coordinators use in their daily practice. Under the guidance of the TSNAP officers, this session will provide novice district test coordinators the tools not provided in your typical state testing training to unlock the mysteries of the role of district test coordinator. Learn highly effective techniques surrounding test security, designated supports, training and online testing.

    THECB Updates and Texas Success Initiative Updates
    John Harrell, University Testing Services Coordinator, University of Houston
    Suzanne Morales-Vale, PhD, Director of Developmental & Adult Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    Bobby Jenkins, Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

    This pre-conference session will include updates from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in regards to the Texas Success Initiative, adult education, and developmental education.

    Wish Upon a STAAR
    Laura Witte, Director of Testing Services, North East ISD

    Make your dreams come true! This interactive session is designed for new and returning DTCs & CTCs to learn tools and ideas that will set you up for a successful testing year. Learn from a common sense veteran DTC with 20 years of experience how to simplify procedures and to let go of practices that no longer serve a purpose. High expectations and excellence can be obtained by working smarter and not harder, by using technology and by trusting others while holding them accountable.

    Why Provide Students with Effective Designated Supports?
    Beverly Kim Lee, District Assessment Coordinator, Somerset ISD
    Giny Beltran, Director of Special Education, Somerset ISD

    Information presented is designed to help guide campus administrators and faculty on the importance of applying designated supports designed for assessment in the classroom during instruction and assessments in an effort to gather data that will prove the use of the accommodation is effective for use on State Assessments. Participants will have an opportunity to study a district process successfully used to ensure students are provided with opportunities use the support prior to test day.

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Preconference Workshops

  • The preconference workshop registration fee is $50. Registrants have the choice of attending preconference workshops on Monday, November 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Preconference workshops have limited seating. Be prepared to select an alternative workshop if your first or second choice is full when you register.