Training

2021–2022 Testing Coordinator Training

For the 2021–2022 school year, the education service center (ESC) training covering all the components of the Texas Assessment Program was conducted on September 30, 2021. It is recommended that ESCs train district testing coordinators in the fall prior to the December State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administration. The recommended district coordinator training should occur prior to November 9, 2021. Regional and district coordinators are required to be trained in test security and administration procedures at least once. However, annual test administration training for regional and district coordinators is strongly encouraged, especially for policies and procedures that have changed.

The recordings of the 2021–2022 Education Service Center Testing Coordinator Training and the PowerPoint presentations are posted in the Learning Management System (LMS).

Training (All Programs)

Campus testing coordinators must be trained annually in test security and administration procedures. It is recommended that district coordinators train campus coordinators who are administering the December STAAR assessments in the fall prior to this administration. This campus coordinator training should occur prior to November 18, 2021. It is recommended that campus coordinators train test administrators who are administering the December STAAR assessments in the fall prior to this administration. This recommended test administrator training should occur prior to December 3, 2021. Test administrators are required to be trained in test security and administration procedures at least once. However, annual test administration training for test administrators is strongly encouraged (and may be required by campus coordinators), especially for policies and procedures that have changed.  

Campus coordinators who are administering STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), and TELPAS Alternate in spring 2022 must be trained by the dates in the Calendar of Events. It is recommended that campus coordinators train test administrators prior to these same dates.

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 coordinatorIcon 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 TEA’s ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed focused web-based training modules for STAAR administrations. The focused modules are designed to supplement—not replace—the 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 testing 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 training required of all personnel involved in testing. Each focused training module consists of videos and follow-up questions about the content covered in the videos.

When available, these supplemental training modules can be accessed in the LMS. After completion of the module, participants will be able to view the overall score and print their training history. The user can track completion in the Completed Training report in the LMS.

District Testing Coordinator

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

Campus Testing Coordinator

  • This module covers managing test materials, STAAR answer documents, and 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.”

Supplemental STAAR Alternate 2 Training Modules

As part of TEA’s ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed focused web-based training modules for STAAR Alternate 2 to provide guidance to admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committees to make assessment decisions based on state guidelines. The focused modules are designed to supplement—not replace—the training required of all personnel involved in testing. 

Completion of these modules is not a requirement. It is, however, recommended that districts and charter schools use these modules to enhance the 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.

When available, these supplemental training modules can be accessed in the LMS. After completion of the module, participants will be able to view the overall score and download a certificate of completion. The LMS will automatically populate the user’s first and last name and date of completion. The user can track completion in the Completed Training report in the LMS. 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 for STAAR Alternate 2. It is designed to supplement, not replace, the training required of all personnel involved in testing.

STAAR Alternate 2: Eligibility

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