Standardized Oral Administration

Standardized oral administration (SOA) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program will be offered statewide as an online option for oral administration in several grades and subjects. The 2014 SOA is available to eligible students in the following grades and subjects:

  • grade 4 reading and mathematics (English only) 
  • grade 7 reading and mathematics
  • grade 8 science and social studies

Note: The SOA is not available on STAAR Modified Assessments

The SOA forms feature a text-to-speech panel that students can use to hear selected text in test questions, answer choices, and graphics as allowed in a traditional oral administration of a paper assessment. To set up and manage online SOA test sessions, campus coordinators and test administrators should follow the instructions in the User's Guide for the Texas Assessment Management System and in the appropriate STAAR® test administrator manual.

Preparation For Administration

Ensuring Technology Readiness

Minimum System Requirements  

  • Supported browsers are identified in the Minimum System Requirements document, which can be found with the Technology Information resources at Home > Resources > Information.

  • Practice Test for Online Accommodations

    Online testing and technology personnel can test system readiness by accessing the "Practice Test for Online Accommodations" in the Texas Assessment Management System Practice Center. The test is listed under the Texas Assessment Practice Administration. This test is NOT for student practice. It should only be used to verify the readiness of computers. If you would like to have students practice using the SOA tool in TestNav, use the SOA Student Tutorial.

Resources To Help Districts Prepare Teachers and Students

TEA recommends that districts use the SOA Student Tutorial in conjunction with the SOA Student Tutorial Directions prior to the testing date to familiarize students with the testing interface and with the audio component used in standardized oral administrations.

  • Student Tutorial Directions

    Like the STAAR test administration directions to be used with the general assessments, the tutorial directions are designed to assist test administrators in preparing students to use the SOA online tutorial and must be used when viewing the SOA Student Tutorial.

  • SOA Student Tutorial

    The SOA Student Tutorial includes a sampling of STAAR test questions for grade 4 reading, grade 4 mathematics, grade 8 science, and grade 8 social studies. Since this tutorial contains text-to-speech audio, headphones may be needed if more than one student is using the tutorial in the same room. The STAAR SOA student tutorial does not need to be downloaded or installed. The tutorial is available through the browser-based version of TestNav 7. Click on the link above to launch the tutorial in your default Internet browser.

  • STAAR Test Forms Used in the 2013 SOA Pilot

    STAAR SOA test forms that districts used in the April 2013 SOA pilot for grade 4 reading and mathematics and grade 8 science and social studies are available for districts to use with eligible students in grades 4, 7, and 8 who will be participating in a STAAR SOA in 2014.

    The test forms below will not be scored, and no information about the student's responses will be captured or displayed. However, an answer key in PDF format is available for your convenience.

      Assessed Curriculum Test Forms
    Answer Keys
    Grade 4

    Reading Reading  Reading  
    Mathematics Mathematics   Mathematics 
    Grade 8

    Science Science   Science
    Social Studies Social Studies   Social Studies

Administration Of The Test

If possible, districts should plan on administering SOA on the same days as the general administration of the assessment. However, districts have the flexibility to administer SOA on alternate days during the testing week, if needed. Makeup testing will be allowed.

If a situation arises, a student may switch from an online SOA to a paper test during the test administration. The district test coordinator should contact the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Student Assessment Division online team for assistance.

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division     
(512) 463-9536  

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