Current Accountability Ratings
Assessment Ratings in Texas has been put on hold for a year because of the COVID crisis. With students not taking STAAR assessments for the 2019/2020 calendar year, there was not a possibility to rate Districts/ Campuses. All Districts/ Campuses received a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster. TEA will provide information at a later time on the Accountability System in Texas for the 2020/2021 School Year. Even though no information has been released yet, we believe that parts of the accountability system will have to be modified since it will be difficult to determine student growth. For more information on how campuses are rated, please use our A-F Accountability Course.
Using Data To Drive Instruction
Campuses/Districts have become very adept at analyzing STAAR data to determine education gaps in their students’ learning. Due to the lack of STAAR data, districts and campuses will need to rely on local assessment data to guide their work for 2020/2021. TEA is supporting Campuses/Districts with the use of online interim assessments. Campuses can use them both in the Fall and again in the Spring. For more information please visit TEA’s website.
Additionally, Districts who have purchased TEKS Resource System may use the item banks to create STAAR like assessments. Each unit has vetted assessment items to determine the level of mastery of students. Please contact the Region 10 TRS team for additional support.
As teachers progress through the 2020/2021 school year, they will have to navigate through a new world of assessments. Teachers could be assessing students who are learning in mixed settings throughout the year. To help teachers understand how to use assessments, Region 10 has created an Assessment Design Series.
If you need support with Accountability in the 2020/2021 school year, please contact our accountability team.
Pre-K - 2 Assessments
Districts/Charter schools are required to conduct assessments in order to understand where a child is in their academic growth. For Pre-K - 2, the selection of required evaluation tools varies depending on the grade level. Each grade level also has specific requirements for what assessments must be administered. This year, assessments may be administered in a remote setting or face-to-face. Considering the challenges for the 2020-2021 school year, early childhood educators will want to more than ever utilize these assessments and the data collected to support their young learners in these formative years of academic development.
TEA Early Childhood Assessment website
(includes Pre-K - 2 Requirements, Tool Selection, and Best Practices)
Assess eligible four-year-old students at the beginning of the year (BOY) and at the end of the year (EOY).
Data must be collected in the following areas: health and wellness, language and communication, emergent literacy reading, emergent literacy writing, and mathematics.
Must choose one or more instruments from The Commissioner's List of Approved Prekindergarten Assessment Instruments.
BOY Literacy Screener (TX-KEA or mCLASS Texas)
Provide parents with a written report within 60 days.
Waiver is available for 2020-21 only to use a different tool - submit by 9/30/20
Administer a valid dyslexia screener during EOY to all Kindergarten students
Valid Dyslexia Screener is part of both instruments with no cost options
2020 Kindergarten Waiver Clarification:
Commissioner’s Rule: Dyslexia Screener
If Kindergarten students in the 2019-20 school year were not administered an EOY dyslexia screener, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools must administer the reading diagnostic instrument required by TEC, §28.006, within the first 20 school days of the 2020-2021 school year to all 1st grade students.
First and Second Grade Requirements:
Collect data regarding student reading proficiency using an approved tool:
From the Commissioner’s List:
Amplify mCLASS Texas
TPRI/Tejas LEE (on CLI Engage)
Selected by a district-level committee (TEC 28.006)
For PEIMS Submission:
Early Reading Indicator Code: Fall and Summer Submission
Dyslexia Code: Summer Submission: 1st grade
Dyslexia screener must be administered by Jan 31st, 2021
First and Second Grade Resources: