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2020–2021 Testing Coordinator Training Requirements

For the 2020–2021 school year, the Education Service Center (ESC) training covering all the components of the Texas Assessment Program was conducted on August 28, 2020. ESCs must train district testing coordinators in the fall prior to the December State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administration. It is recommended that district coordinators are trained by November 6, 2020. 

A copy of the 2020-2021 Education Service Center Testing Coordinator Training presentation is posted below:


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(Slides #14 and #49 have been updated) 

Video Recordings of the TEA's section of the 2020-2021 ESC training will be available in October on the Student Assessment Videos playlist Student Assessment Videos Playlist within the Texas Education agency's YouTube channel.

TEA supplemental training modules will be available in the Fall for Test Administrators, District Coordinators and Campus Coordinators. 

Required Training (All Programs)

District coordinators must train campus testing coordinators who are administering the December STAAR assessments in the fall prior to this administration. It is recommended that these campus coordinators are trained by November 20, 2020. Campus coordinators must train test administrators who are administering the December STAAR assessments in the fall prior to this administration. It is recommended that test administrators are trained by December 4, 2020.

Campus coordinators and test administrators who are administering STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), and TELPAS Alternate in spring 2021 must be trained by the dates in the Calendar of Events.

The following sections in these District and Campus Coordinator Resources include separate information for each of the components of the Texas Assessment Program (STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate)

These Coordinator Resources are organized as a chronological checklist. You will see both District CoordinatorIcon with the letters D and C inside, used to represent District Coordinator.and Campus Coordinator Icon with the letters C and C inside, used to represent Campus Coordinator.checklists; the icons indicate which checklist you are reading. If both the district coordinator and campus coordinator icons are used with a checklist item, either coordinator or both may be responsible for completing the task.


Supplemental STAAR Training Modules

As part of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed web-based training modules for STAAR administrations. The modules are designed to supplement- not replace- the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing. These modules provide a focused, narrow review of topics that represent the top phone queries and reported irregularities that occur during test administration. The modules are tailored to specific test administration roles.

Completion of these modules is not a requirement. It is, however, recommended that districts and charter schools use these modules to enhance the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing. Each training module consists of two videos and twelve questions about the content covered in the videos.

After completion of the module, participants will be able to view the overall score and download a certificate of completion. Individuals will be prompted to fill in their first and last name and date of completion prior to printing or saving a copy of the certificate. Note that any unsaved certificates will not be retrievable at a later time. Certificates are made available for the districts as a convenience and are to be used at the district’s discretion.


District Testing Coordinator

  • This module focuses on “Student Registration for STAAR Administrations,” and includes demonstrations of:
    • how to register students
    • how to download reports
    • how to verify data files


Campus Testing Coordinator

  • This module focuses on “Managing Materials” as well as providing an “Introduction to Online Testing.”


Test Administrator

  • This module focuses on “Active Monitoring” and “Accommodations.”


Oral/Signed Administration for Test Administrators

  • This module is intended for test administrators who will provide the designated support of Oral/Signed Administration. The module focuses on the "Oral/Signed Administration Educator Guide" as well as "Oral/Signed Administration for Reading/Language Arts tests."


Answer Documents for STAAR Administrations

  • This training video is intended for Campus Testing Coordinators and covers topics related to verifying and completing paper answer documents, including updated information specific to Spring 2021 administrations.

Supplemental STAAR Alternate 2 Training Modules

As part of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed a web-based training, the STAAR Alternate 2: Eligibility module to provide guidance to Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committees to make assessment decisions based on state guidelines. 

Completion of these modules is not a requirement. It is, however, recommended that districts and charter schools use these modules to enhance the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing. Each training module consists of two videos and follow-up questions about the content covered in the videos.

After completion of the module, participants will be able to view the overall score and download a certificate of completion. Individuals will be prompted to fill in their first and last name and date of completion prior to printing or saving a copy of the certificate. Note that any unsaved certificates will not be retrievable at a later time. Certificates are made available for the districts as a convenience and are to be used at the district’s discretion.


STAAR Alternate 2: Overview

  • This module provides an overview of the design of the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment. It is designed to supplement, not replace, the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing.


STAAR Alternate 2: Eligibility

  • This module helps ARD committee members assure that only students with significant cognitive disabilities are assessed with an alternate assessment. It is designed to supplement, not replace, the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing.



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