A Periodic Update about the Redesign of the State’s Summative Test
At the TEPSA Summer Conference, attendees were able to learn about the upcoming changes to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) that will better align the test to high-quality classroom instruction. Beginning with the spring 2023 STAAR administration, new non-multiple-choice question types that teachers already use during effective instruction will be incorporated into the test. The new question types were developed with input from Texas teachers, students, and a wide range of educational stakeholders and assessment experts. TEA field-tested these new question types during 2022 to verify their ability to accurately and reliably measure students’ understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Hear what teachers have to say about the redesigned STAAR test and the new item types.
Teachers and parents can see preliminary blueprints that show how each test will be constructed with the addition of new question types. Teachers can provide their students with opportunities to become familiar with the online testing platform through the optional Beginning-of-Year assessments, STAAR Interim assessments, tests created using Texas Formative Assessment Resource, and select tests from high quality instructional materials that have been added to the online platform. Educators, families, and students can also take practice tests online to become familiar with the accessibility and accommodation features.