What is in… Math Grades 3-8 Reading Grades 3-8 Writing Grades 4 and 7 Science Grades 5 and 8 Social Studies Grade 8
What is in… Algebra I EOC Biology EOC U.S. History EOC English I EOC Reading and Writing will be combined starting next spring English II EOC Reading and Writing will be combined starting next spring All will be required for graduation
What is still in… Algebra II EOC and English III EOC Will not be administered until 2015-2016 Are not required for graduation Do not have specific performance requirements Will be administered ONLY on a voluntary basis Cannot be used for accountability, teacher evaluations, grades, class rank, or college
What is still in… Districts are required to provide accelerated instruction to students who fail STAAR Including any of the five remaining EOCs
What is still in… Assigned Testing Days for English I English II A One-Week Testing Window for Algebra I Biology U.S. History
What is out… Geometry EOC Chemistry EOC Physics EOC World History EOC World Geography EOC
What is out… EOC cumulative score toward graduation EOC Level 1 minimum scores to count toward the cumulative score 15% requirement for EOCs
What changed? – General EOC Info EOC scores will be converted to a 100 point scale Satisfactory performance on other assessments (e.g. AP, IB, SAT, ACT) in equivalent courses can substitute for performance on STAAR EOC assessments.
What changed? – English I and II EOCs English I and II EOCs will be combined into a single assessment starting in spring 2014. Students who have currently passed one assessment but not the other (e.g., passed English I reading but not English I writing) will still need to pass the second assessment to meet graduation requirements by fall 2013.
What changed? -- English I and II EOCs Students who have not successfully met their graduation requirements for English I or II by spring 2014 will need to take the new combined reading and writing assessment.
What changed? -- STAAR Release Timelines Requires the agency to release general STAAR assessments for grades 3–8 and EOC (first spring form only) and STAAR Spanish assessments for grades 3–5 (first spring form only) in 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016
What changed? -- STAAR Release Timelines Requires the agency to release STAAR Modified for grades 3–8 and EOC (first spring form only) in 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 Requires the agency to release general STAAR, STAAR Spanish, and STAAR Modified every third year thereafter.
What changed? -- STAAR Release Timelines TEA will release the general STAAR and the STAAR Spanish assessments administered in spring 2013 (first administration only). 15 EOC assessments Grades 3–8 assessments Grades 3–5 Spanish assessments 2013 STAAR release tests will be posted on the TEA Student Assessment website in early August.
What changed? -- Miscellaneous Testing Issues Requires the agency to notify districts of results within 21 days of administration. Requires accelerated students to double test so they have scores to use for AYP in grades 3–8 and in high school, e.g., grade 8 math and Algebra I. Requires the agency to redevelop STAAR Alternate with no teacher requirement to prepare tasks or materials. The new assessment must be administered no later than 2014–2015.
What changed? -- Miscellaneous Testing Issues Requires the commissioner to establish assessment administration procedures that minimize disruptions to school operations and classroom environments. Prohibits districts from removing students from class for remedial tutoring or test preparation for more than 10% of the school day. Limits the number of benchmark assessments to two per state assessment.
What changed? -- Graduation Minimum, Recommended, and Distinguished High School programs are to remain for students entering grade 9 BEFORE 2014-2015. A transition plan will be published during the 2013-2014 year to be in effect by 2014-2015.
What changed? -- Graduation Personal Graduation Plans (PGPs) will be completed for all students entering grade 9 starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Establishment of a 22 credit Foundation School Program. Students completing their fourth year during the 13-14 school year that do not meet their current plan can opt into the Foundation Program.
What changed? -- Graduation 5 New Graduation Endorsements of 26 credits each (2014-2015) Multidisciplinary Includes a “Distinguished Level of Achievement” Variety of advanced courses Multiple content areas STEM Endorsement Public Services Arts and Humanities Business and Industry
What changed? -- Graduation Each student must choose an endorsement -- in writing – upon entering 9 th grade.
What changed? -- Graduation Students can earn a “performance acknowledgement” on their diploma or transcript for starting in 2014-15 for outstanding performance: In a dual credit course Bilingualism or biliteracy On an AP or IB test PSAT, PLAN, SAT or ACT Or for earning a nationally / internationally recognized business or industry certification or license
What changed? -- Counseling Each elementary, middle, and junior high counselor must advise students and parents on the importance of postsecondary education. Each year during high school, counselors must review information pertaining to endorsements, performance acknowledgements, and distinguished levels of achievement.
What changed? -- Counseling When students first register for high school districts must provide notice of the requirements for higher education automatic admission. Written notice signed by the counselor, parent and student must be given to juniors and seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class.
What changed? -- Accountability New report-only indicators for: Distinguished level of achievement Students completing endorsements College readiness benchmarks Postsecondary credit, associate’s degrees, or industry certifications earned
What changed? -- Accountability Creation of an A-F accountability system for districts in 2016-17. A-C “Acceptable” D-F “Unacceptable” Campus ratings revert to Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, and Unacceptable in 2016-17.
What changed? -- Accountability Creates a new dashboard that requires TEA to develop and maintain a website separate from its own for the public to be able to access campus and district accountability information.
HB 866 All students must be tested in: Mathematics at grades 3, 5, and 8 Reading at grades 3, 5, and 8 Writing at grades 4 and 7 Science at grades 5 and 8 Social studies at grade 8 Requires the commissioner to request a waiver from USDE to not test high performing students at certain grades.
HB 866 Requires testing for students who do not meet or exceed the “minimum satisfactory adjusted scale score” in Mathematics at grades 4, 6, and 7 Reading at grades 4, 6, and 7 Perhaps Level III students?