Texas Assessment Conference

Preconference Workshops

  • Making the grade: A-F estimates with SPSS and other tools
    Warren Roane, Director of Accountability, Humble ISD
    Marla L. Meriano, Coordinator of Assessment, Humble ISD
    Mary Kay Gianoutsos, Director of Evaluation, Humble ISD

    A-F grades are based on test scores and graduation rates as well as community and student engagement. SPSS can help you analyze test data in detail. Participants will receive computer syntax files that can be used with SPSS to predict 2018 Accountability using raw STAAR data files. We will also demonstrate Decision Ed, a data warehouse that combines student data from many sources for progress monitoring. Tableau will be used for data visualization of district dashboard information.

    Testing and the Adolescent Brain
    Robert Forti, Assistant Director of Testing, San Antonio ISD
    We will discuss how studies in adolescent brain development have opened new pathways into understanding how the adolescent brain works and how it handles the anxiety that can come with testing. We will discuss the best practices tools that will help students train their brains to better handle the anxieties of testing as well as other life and school stressors. The presentation will included newer brain imaging data that was used to create a more targeted approach for reducing testing anxiety.

    Data Magic
    Joseph Orr, Data Specialist, Northside ISD (ESC 20)
    Ron Stephens, PEIMS Specialist, Northside ISD (ESC 20)

    Data Magic – Participants will be guided through a process using templates to load their state data file into Excel. Presenters ask that participants bring their own district laptops fully charged along with one of their state data files. Computers should have Microsoft Excel version 2007 or later installed in order to avoid complications. Presenters will provide you with an opportunity to load template files from USB drive. Templates will be updated in spring 2018.

    This and That: Testing Tips for Experienced Test Coordinators
    Keith Haffey, Executive Director for Assessment and Compliance, Spring Branch ISD
    Stacy Daugherty, Executive Director of Testing and Accountability, Friendswood ISD

    Back for the 11th year, this active and engaging session addresses Texas assessment and accountability. Legislation and public input continue to bring change, and preparation is key. Topics include changes in TELPAS, increased online testing, training, security, and materials management; special populations and features, supports, and PNPs; accountability this year and beyond; substitute assessments; and more. Leave with useful tools, new contacts, new ideas, and new insights. Join us!

    STAARWorld Through the Looking Glass: A Test Plan Framework
    Laura Witte, Director of Testing Services, North East ISD
    Sarah Howell, Testing Specialist, North East ISD
    Beverly Lebherz, Testing Analyst, North East ISD

    Ever feel like you don't know which way is up with state testing? Come and make sense of things that seem nonsensical and embark on a testing adventure with three veteran testing professionals. The target audience includes testing professionals who are new or experienced. Participants will be given a Test Plan framework and walked through the strategic decisions required for seamless testing. Participants are encouraged to bring their charged laptops in order to create a Word test plan.

    Huddle with Us to Tackle Testing!
    Shannon Kuhrt, Director of Assessment, Wichita Falls ISD
    Tracy McDaniel, Director of Testing, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
    Thomas Negri, Director of Testing, Fort Bend ISD
    Christina Trotter, Coordinator of Student Assessments, Humble ISD

    Designed for the rookie district testing coordinator, this session, presented by the officers of TSNAP, will help you develop your game plan for the testing year! Come huddle with us to learn our best plays to ensure you are victorious in all your testing endeavors! We will train you how to avoid fumbles so you can tackle testing. You will leave ready coach your district to a winning season!

    Texas Testing Updates & Best Practices
    John Harrell, Testing Associate, Houston Community College
    Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    Kathie Montognese, Senior Assessment Manager, College Board

    This pre-conference session is designed for entry, intermediate, and expert level testing professionals throughout the state of Texas. It will include interactive presentations and Q&As on best practices for test center administrators offering TSIA as well as other exams, TSI and adult education updates directly from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and ACCUPLACER platform/program updates from the College Board.

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Preconference Workshops

  • The preconference workshop registration fee is $50. Registrants have the choice of attending preconference workshops on Monday, November 6, 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.