Thursday, March 26, 2015

Online Testing Expands for 2014-15

Students across the state of Texas - and at Herrington - are taking state-mandated STAAR and TELPAS tests online this spring. This week, our second, third, fourth, and fifth graders who are English language learners took the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) reading test online. This test assesses students' growth in learning the English language.

Second graders complete the TELPAS tutorial on March 11
 to prepare for their online reading assessment this week. 
To prepare for the online TELPAS reading assessments, students completed tutorials the week before spring break that presented them with sample questions so they would be comfortable with the format of the questions and navigation through the tests. Students in grades three through five also learned how to use online tools, like the highlighter and pencil tools, and the X-out tool, which are available during their tests.

Links to the TELPAS tutorials are included, if you'd like to see what these assessments are like:

TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 2
TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 3
TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 4-5

New this year to online testing is the STAAR A, an online version of the STAAR tests, for some students with disabilities that includes embedded accommodations. Fourth and fifth grade students will be taking the STAAR A for the first time on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.  Learn more about STAAR A by visiting the Texas Assessment web site.

STAAR A Resources