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Testing and Accountability

Two key responsibilities of the Texas Education Agency are assessing public school students on what they have learned and determining district and school accountability ratings. TEA provides an array of reports based on the results of student testing and other assessments. Another key function of the agency involves testing and certifying educators to make sure they are prepared to deliver high quality education to the state’s schoolchildren.

Announcements

April 21, 2014

Updated STAAR brochures available

Updated STAAR brochures are available for download on the TEA website.

March 20, 2014

Commissioner Williams authorizes calculator apps for 8th grade STAAR mathematics in 2014-2015

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has advised superintendents he will allow districts to satisfy a requirement to use graphing calculators for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 8 mathematics assessment with either a traditional handheld graphing calculator or a graphing calculator application available on an electronic tablet. The Commissioner’s decision marks the first time an electronic calculator application has been authorized for use by students in a Texas state assessment.

March 06, 2014

U.S. Department of Education denies state's double testing waiver request

  The U.S. Department of Education has advised the Texas Education Agency that the state’s waiver request to address the issue of multiple assessments for students taking Algebra I at the middle school level will not be granted.

February 28, 2014

TEA announces 2013-2014 accreditation statuses

  The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters across the state. Accreditation statuses are based on state academic accountability ratings, the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (known commonly as School FIRST), data reporting, special program effectiveness, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.