This Week in Performance Reporting: January 6, 2023

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What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Accountability

In order to align letter grades and scores used in the A–F academic accountability system to the common conception of letter grades, raw domain and component scores are adjusted or “scaled.”  Cut scores related to the 2023 A–F accountability system refresh are available, as well as scaling resources and 2023 scaled score lookup tables for domain and domain component scores are listed on the following link.

Additionally, the Preliminary 2023 A–F System Framework has continued to progress based on stakeholder feedback and detailed modeling since the updated version was released in November 2022. More recent updates are outlined in January Updates to Preliminary A–F Refresh Framework and are available on 2023 Accountability Development Materials website.

The 2023 Accountability Manual will be published in proposed form in spring 2023 for additional feedback prior to becoming rule in summer 2023.  

Amendment to the State’s ESSA State Plan

As described in the January 2, 2023 To The Administrator Addressed, TEA intends to submit an amendment to the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan to adjust the methodology and targets within the Closing the Gaps domain in alignment with the refresh. A detailed summary of the proposed Closing the Gaps changes and a full draft of the ESSA amendment with changes highlighted is available here.  

Please submit comments on the proposed amendment through the ESSA Amendment Feedback Form by Wednesday, February 1, 2023. 

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Spring 2023 STAAR Alternate 2 Administration

As a reminder, any student who needs to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 must have the following fields set to “Yes” in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) by January 6, 2023.

  • Special Ed Indicator Code
  • Alternate Student Flag: STAAR Alternate 2

In addition, the STAAR Alternate 2 EOC Eligibility fields and the STAAR Alternate 2 Paper Format field (for large print) must be adjusted, as applicable.

STAAR Interim Assessments Update

  • Update to TIDE Rosters

Scoring rubrics are now available in the Central Reporting System (CRS) for all Window 1 and 2 STAAR Interim items. Window 3 is scheduled for January 10 through April 14, 2023, for mathematics and reading language arts assessments. Window 2 for science and social studies assessments will remain open through April 14, 2023. Testing personnel can now create test sessions for Window 3 interim assessments.

For more information on how to create test sessions, refer to the Test Delivery System (TDS) User Guide.

New Family Portal

As a reminder, Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) will begin hosting the Family Portal for the Texas Assessment Program beginning on January 2, 2023. The Family Portal is a tool for families to access their child’s test results for STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate. Confidential student access codes will not be changing with the new portal.

Districts may provide parents with access to the Family Portal via their district Student Information System (SIS). If your district uses a SIS, refer to the new Family Portal card on the Testing Personnel page of the Texas Assessment website to enable SSO integration with the Family Portal. If your district uses a SIS vendor, contact the SIS vendor to ensure that the link has been updated and is properly routed to the new Family Portal.

TIDE users can view confidential student access codes for the Family Portal from the View/Edit/Export Students page. Additionally, TIDE users with specific permissions may generate a report for their campus or district through the Generate Access Code List option in the Family Portal Access panel under the After Testing section in TIDE. Results for the December 2022 STAAR administration are scheduled to be available in the new Family Portal on January 24.

New Learning Management System

As a reminder, a new Learning Management System (LMS) for the Texas Assessment Program is scheduled to launch on Monday, January 2, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. (CT). The new LMS is accessed using a single sign-on authentication through Texas Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). When you log in to the LMS on January 2, you will be automatically directed to the new site. Highlights of the new LMS are listed below.

  • A personalized learner homepage provides users with all their information in one place.
  • A new manager homepage provides an intuitive interface that allows users to quickly find what they are looking for.
  • Reporting pages provide consolidated views of progress and easy-to-read detailed reports.

For questions or assistance regarding the information in this communication, contact Texas Testing Support at 833-601-8821,, or via live chat.

Performance Reporting Calendar

January: 2021–22 School Report Card released

Spring: Proposed version of the 2023 Accountability Manual

September 2023: Accountability ratings under the refreshed system released