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Spring & Summer 2021 State Testing FAQ

The purpose of this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is to provide information related to the spring and summer 2021 state assessments, including the April, May, and June administrations of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), the administration of STAAR Alternate 2, the administration of the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), and the administration of TELPAS Alternate. 


1. What state assessments will be administered for the 20-21 school year?

The following state assessments will be administered:

  • TELPAS/TELPAS Alternate - Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment Program 
    • which assesses English Learners in grades Kinder through twelve in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • STAAR/STAAR Alternate 2 - State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness 
    • for grades 3-8 which assesses Reading, Math, Writing (grades 4 & 7), Science (grades 5 & 8), Social Studies(grade 8)
    • for end-of-course (EOC) which assesses Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US History


2. When will each state assessment be administered?

Each state assessment will be administered as follows:

  • TELPAS/TELPAS Alternate  
    • February 22 - April 2, 2021 for listening, speaking and writing
    • February 22 - April 9, 2021 for reading
  • STAAR Alternate 2 - March 29 - May 7, 2021
  • STAAR Writing (grades 4 & 7) and EOC English I 
    • paper administration - April 6, 2021
    • online administration window - April 6 - May 7, 2021 (scheduled for Tuesday of each week)
  • STAAR EOC English II 
    • paper administration - April 8, 2021
    • online administration window - April 6 - May 7, 2021
  • STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, and US History 
    • paper administration window - May 4-7, 2021
    • online administration window - May 4 - June 4, 2021
  • STAAR Grade 8 Science 
    • paper administration - May 6, 2021
    • online administration window - May 6 - June 11, 2021
  • STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies 
    • paper administration - May 7, 2021
    • online administration - May 7 - June 11, 2021
  • STAAR 3-8 Math
    • paper administration - May 11, 2021
    • online administration - May 11 - June 11, 2021
  • STAAR 3-8 Reading
    • paper administration - May 12, 2021
    • online administration - May 12 - June 11, 2021
  • STAAR Grade 5 Science
    • paper administration - May 13, 2021
    • online administration - May 13 - June 11, 2021


3. Will students receiving remote instruction be able to test from home? 

In accordance with guidance provided by TEA, a student must be present at a monitored testing session supervised by a trained test administrator. Due to these requirements testing from home will not be an option for students receiving remote instruction. Testing will take place at each student’s campus. Campuses will inform students as to their scheduled test dates. Please contact the campus Program Facilitator or Principal for additional information.


4. Will students be required to all test on the same day as they have in the past?

In order to allow campuses to socially distance students while testing, a window has been provided so that students testing online can be scheduled in smaller groups. ECISD has opted to test our students online throughout the window instead of testing on a single day. Test dates are listed in Question 2.


5. My student is receiving remote instruction and I do not want them to come to campus to test. How do I opt-out of testing?

Texas does not have an “opt-out” process for state testing. Districts are required to administer all state assessments each year and provide each student the opportunity to test. State testing is part of our district’s balanced assessment framework that helps provide information about student achievement and growth. We strive to have the best information to arm students, families, and educators to take appropriate next steps.  


6. If a student receiving remote instruction does not attend their scheduled test sessions, what are the consequences?

Districts are required to provide accelerated instruction to any student who does not perform satisfactorily (i.e., achieves “Approaches Grade Level”) on a STAAR assessment. These requirements are included in the following sections of TEC: 28.0211, 28.0213, 28.0217, 29.081, and 39.025. The district must provide appropriate accelerated instruction as warranted for students who are absent or otherwise do not have valid assessment results. If a student misses an assessment opportunity, the district will administer a local assessment or use other assessment data to determine accelerated instruction needs. 

For students in grades 9-12, to meet graduation requirements, students must have taken and passed the 5 STAAR End-of-Course assessments, scored high enough on a substitute assessment (e.g., SAT or ACT), or met the requirements for an individual graduation committee. If a student misses an assessment opportunity it may affect their ability to meet graduation requirements. 


7. What if a student is required to quarantine during the campus scheduled assessment day(s) and is not able to test during the remainder of the testing window? 

If a student is not able to take a STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, or TELPAS Alternate assessment during the allowable testing window due to COVID-19 quarantine, then notify the campus Programs Facilitator or Principal to determine if the assessment can be taken at another time within the window once the quarantine period is over.