The Texas Education Agency has released final test blueprints for the redesigned STAAR exams that show the distribution of questions, points, and readiness and supporting standards across reporting categories for each STAAR assessment. Reading language arts blueprints also include test design information, including the number of passages, the reading load, and the genres eligible for assessment.
Full-length practice tests will be available soon for all grades and subjects to demonstrate how new item types and online accommodations will appear in the redesigned STAAR tests, which will be implemented in the spring.
To help educators understand how new reading language arts, science and social studies constructed response items will be scored, Constructed Response Scoring Guides will be available later this fall on the STAAR Redesign webpage under Resources to Support New Question Types. The guides include rubrics and real examples of student responses for short and extended constructed response items.
Based on educator feedback, TEA is developing resources and training to support teacher understanding of the STAAR redesign, the rationale and research behind it, and how it better aligns with classroom instruction.
During the next Tuesdays with TCTA webinar at 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Jordan Runge, the director of Strategy and Operations with the Student Assessment Division at TEA, will present an overview of the changes and new resources and training modules for teachers before answering questions about the STAAR redesign. TCTA members who attend this webinar will earn 1 hour of continuing professional education credit.