CAO Special Update: Interim Assessments

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Texas Education Agency

Chief Academic Officers

 Office of Academics 

Special Update: August 7th, 2018

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Welcome to this month’s special update for district Chief Academic Officers.

Free 2018–2019 Interim Assessment Tool

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will launch the free interim assessment tool for the 2018–2019 school year. Test questions for the interim assessments are developed with Texas teachers and use former STAAR items. The interim assessments will provide actionable data for teachers to use to improve instruction, at the student expectation level.

Reporting for interim assessments will be provided through a new online reporting suite in the Texas Assessment Management System. The online reporting suite will include:

Customizable reports with user-friendly graphs at the

  • district-level,
  • campus-level, and
  • student-level; and

Student-level reports that display

  • student scores,
  • student responses,
  • student expectation,
  • test questions, and
  • likelihood of students achieving “Approaches”, “Meets”, and “Masters" grade level expectations on STAAR.

ETS will be hosting a webinar training that provides information about the new online reporting suite. Click the Learn More button for information about the webinar and the new STAAR interim assessment tool.

If you have questions about the interim assessments, contact the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or

Penny Schwinn

Chief Deputy Commissioner, Academics

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