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Results of Grades 3-8 Math STAAR to be Excluded from 2015 Ratings, Other Changes to 2015 Accountability System Announced by TEA

04.08.2015 — After issuing a press release today announcing that results of the 2015 math STAAR for grades 3–8 will be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system, TEA released a detailed summary of changes to the 2014-15 STAAR program that will affect the Texas public school accountability system in 2015.

The decision to exclude the results of the 2015 math STAAR for grades 3-8 was made in response to a request by 14 members of the SBOE and the urging of TASA. On March 4, TASA Executive Director Johnny Veselka submitted a letter to Commissioner of Education Michael Williams asking him to respond to the SBOE’s request for relief from the accountability provisions associated with the new grades 3-8 math TEKS for this school year.

Another change noted in TEA’s summary document is that, due to the launch of STAAR Alternate 2 in February 2015 and STAAR A in spring 2015, results of these assessments for all subjects and grade levels and EOC exams will be excluded from all four indices and distinction designations.

Also, campuses and districts will be required to meet three indices for 2015 accountability. To receive a Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard rating, a campus or district must meet the target on each index for which it has performance:

  • Either Index 1 or Index 2
  • Index 3
  • Index 4

Changes will also be made to distinction designations that are awarded to campuses for outstanding achievement in specific areas.

Details are included in the downloadable document. TEA notes that it covers only the substantial differences in state accountability between 2014 and 2015. Look for more information in the 2015 Accountability Manual, scheduled for release in May.