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TEA Extends STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window

Below is correspondence TEA sent to testing coordinators earlier today.

December 2, 2014
Subject: STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window

TO THE ESC AND DISTRICT TESTING COORDINATOR ADDRESSED:

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.

Data collected following the first administration of STAAR Alternate 2 will be used to inform future decisions regarding test administration policies including the length of the testing window in subsequent administration years.

If you have questions about STAAR Alternate 2, please contact TEA's Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536.