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TCTA follows and compiles the latest news impacting teachers and other classroom personnel. We actively monitor and bring you the latest information from the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, the State Board for Educator Certification, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the U.S. Department of Education. We also include summaries of the latest news in the TCTA eUpdate newsletter.

Changes coming to STAAR in 2022–23

Oct 1, 2021

Visit TEA's STAAR Redesign webpage to learn more about four changes coming to STAAR.

Technology issues disrupt STAAR writing, English exams

May 14, 2021

TEA advised local districts to cancel the first day of STAAR testing in April after technology issues prevented most students from accessing the…

TEA seeks feedback on proposed STAAR changes

May 6, 2021

In 2019, lawmakers approved House Bill 3906, which says no more than 75% of a STAAR exam can be presented in a multiple-choice format beginning with…

Morath gives remote learners an out on taking STAAR

Feb 25, 2021

Although TCTA and others continue to call for the commissioner to seek a waiver to suspend STAAR testing this year, given the Biden administration’s…

TEA gives update on spring administration of state assessments

Jan 21, 2021

The Texas Education Agency is moving forward with the spring administrations of STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate, but it will…

TEA launches new formative assessment resource

Aug 27, 2020

TEA recently announced the availability of a free, optional, online formative assessment resource tool consisting of a TEKS-aligned item bank,…

TEA makes progress on assessment changes from HB 3906

Jun 18, 2020

Just prior to the passage of House Bill 3906 by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019, part of which eliminated the stand-alone writing tests in grades…

Texas lets school districts decide whether students can graduate without STAAR

Mar 18, 2020

Texas is letting school districts decide whether certain students can graduate or move on to the next grade in the wake of canceling the state…