STAAR Out-of-School and Out-of-District Administrations

Out-of-school (OOS) testing allows examinees, who are no longer enrolled in school but still need to test, to take a STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessment during a scheduled test administration at a participating district. Out-of-district (OOD) testing allows students, who will be away from their home districts for a scheduled test administration, to take a STAAR EOC assessment at a participating district.

 

Register for OOS and OOD testing

 

❏ Register Test Sites

  • Districts which have OOS and OOD examinees should register at least one campus as an OOS and OOD test site.

  • Districts must register test sites using the STAAR OOS and OOD Test Site Registration Form on the Other Testing Resources webpage during the window listed on the Calendar of Events.

  • Districts must register test sites separately for each STAAR administration—December, Spring, and June—as previously registered test sites are not carried over.

  • If changes are needed to a registered test site, districts should contact Texas Testing Support at 833-601-8821 or TexasTestingSupport@cambiumassessment.com.

❏ Ensure Examinees are Registered to Test

  • OOS and OOD examinees should be uploaded into the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) by the students’ home district and campus. For OOS examinees, the home district and campus are the last district and campus where the student was enrolled.

  • Home districts are responsible for maintaining OOS and OOD examinees' information in TIDE, including student demographics and test attributes.

  • Refer to the STAAR OOS and OOD Test Site Directory on the Other Testing Resources webpage for participating test sites.

  • Home districts should direct OOS and OOD examinees to complete the STAAR OOS and OOD Examinee Registration Form on the Other Testing Resources webpage or complete the form for the examinee during the window listed on the Calendar of Events.

  • For OOD students, home districts must complete the Testing District and Testing Campus fields in the Student Demographics section in TIDE.

  • Refer to the Special Administration of an Online Assessment section for OOS or OOD examinees who may be eligible to take a paper test.

  • Home districts must contact testing districts within one week of the registration window closing to inform them of how many of the home district's OOS and OOD examinees will test there.

  • OOS and OOD examinees who are not registered to test may still take the assessment at a participating campus at the testing location's discretion. Examinees should contact the campus in advance of the testing date to ensure that the campus can accommodate them. Campus personnel will assist with the on-site registration process.

 

Ensure proper OOS and OOD testing

 

❏ Distribute Test Materials

  • Home districts must provide student test tickets for online tests to the testing district. These documents contain personally identifiable information and must be sent in a secure manner.

  • For special paper administrations, test materials will be shipped to the testing district identified in TIDE.

❏ Understand Additional Requirements

  • Home districts must ensure score codes and other scoring information (e.g., TAKS/TAAS/TEAMS coding) for each OOS and OOD examinee is updated in TIDE prior to the close of each testing window. Refer to the Complete Administrations section.

  • Results for OOS and OOD examinees will be reported to the home district and campus.

  • A printed copy of the student report card will be shipped to the OOS examinee's home address provided on the registration form.