The requirements previously mandated by Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0211, regarding the Student Success Initiative have been repealed. Specifically, the grade retention and retesting requirements for grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading have been eliminated. Therefore, only one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments will be offered annually, starting in the 2021–2022 school year. This administration will take place in May in order to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3–8 assessments.
The requirements previously mandated by TEC, §39.0238, regarding the adoption and administration of postsecondary readiness assessments have also been repealed. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will, as a result, no longer provide optional end-of-course (EOC) assessments for Algebra II or English III.
Starting in the 2021–2022 school year, districts may now request authorization to administer a STAAR assessment on the Monday of the main testing window (week 1) for both paper and online tests if administering the assessment on another instructional day would result in a significant administrative burden due to specific local conditions. Districts that choose to participate in the optional extended testing window (week 2) for online assessments may continue to schedule tests on Monday during the extension.
Starting in the 2021–2022 school year, Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are required to administer STAAR to all eligible migrant students. Federal and state statutes indicate that all migrant students must be assessed annually using the same system of high-quality academic assessments. To comply with this requirement, STAAR will be administered to all students identified by the state as migrants. More information will be available in the 2021–2022 Texas Migrant Interstate Program Test Administration Information when it is posted later this fall.
Starting with the December 2021 administration, students will have access to both Desmos and Texas Instruments graphing calculators as embedded tools for use when taking the STAAR grade 8 mathematics and Algebra I online tests. The STAAR grade 8 science and Biology online tests will include a four-function calculator and a scientific calculator as embedded tools. The four-function calculator will remain available for students in grades 3–7 who meet the eligibility requirements for use of a calculation device.
With the new Cambium testing platform, known as the Test Delivery System (TDS), districts can now select two distinct levels of support for online oral administrations beginning in December 2021. The online embedded text-to-speech (TTS) tool allows an eligible student to choose one of the following two support options:
Select any eligible test question and answer choices to be read aloud using the TTS tool.
Choose to have all eligible parts of the test be read aloud automatically in the order of presentation.
Districts will receive preprinted pre-ID labels that must be applied to a student’s answer document in order for it to be scored. Precoded answer documents will not be generated or sent to districts.