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Assessment and Accountability ID Team: Get in the Know

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Let’s dive into the hot topics for the month of October!

PBMAS:

PBMAS was posted in ISAM last week, a bit later than normal, so districts will have an additional 10 days to submit their plans from the original date. Districts must now submit their plans by Friday, November 20, 2015. See the chart below for more details on submission due dates.
 

District Designation

Targeted Improvement Plan
Initial Submission Due Date

District staged in any PBMAS program area(s) at a 3 or 4.

[Any program area(s) this district is staged in at a 1 or 2 should also be addressed in targeted plan.]
 

Friday, November 20

IR District also staged in a PBMAS program area at any level (1, 2, 3, or 4)

[Any PBMAS program area(s) this IR district is staged in should be addressed in targeted plan.]
 

Friday, November 20

 

IR-Only District

[This is a district that is not staged at any level in any PBMAS program area(s).]
 

Tuesday, November 10 (staying the same)

District only staged in PBMAS program area(s) at a 1 or 2

No submission requirement; however, targeted improvement plans should be developed and ready for possible submission upon request by Friday, November 20

 

District Designation/Targeted Improvement Plan Initial Submission Due Date

 

  • District staged in any PBMAS program area(s) at a 3 or 4.
    [Any program area(s) this district is staged in at a 1 or 2 should also be addressed in targeted plan.]
    Submission Date: Friday, November 20
     
  • IR District also staged in a PBMAS program area at any level (1, 2, 3, or 4)
    [Any PBMAS program area(s) this IR district is staged in should be addressed in targeted plan.]
    Friday, November 20
     
  • IR-Only District
    [This is a district that is not staged at any level in any PBMAS program area(s).]
    Submission Date: Tuesday, November 10 (staying the same)
     
  • District only staged in PBMAS program area(s) at a 1 or 2
    No submission requirement; however, targeted improvement plans should be developed and ready for possible submission upon request by Friday, November 20

 

ASSESSMENT (PROPOSED PERFORMANCE STANDARD CHANGES):

The commissioner proposed performance standards changes to allow for a more gradual increase of expectations leading up to the final standard that will be expected in the 2021-2022 school year. You can click the following link to review the proposed performance standards - Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §101.3041 (PDF). These were published in the October 16, 2015 issue of the Texas Register. Public comment on them runs from October 26 – November 16, 2015.

 

REDUCED NUMBER OF STAAR QUESTIONS:

The commissioner has determined that there will be a reduction in the number of questions on the STAAR 3-8 for the current year. In order to begin the implementation of HB 743, TEA has redesigned the Grades 4 and 7 writing exam to include only one written composition designed to be completed in one 4 hour administration. In addition, TEA has decided to remove embedded field test items in the other 3-8 assessments to begin the process of implementing HB 743.

The new law requires that the grades 3-5 assessments be designed so that 85% of the students in the state can complete the tests in 2 hours. It requires that the grades 6-8 assessments be designed so that 85% of the students in the state can complete the tests in 3 hours. NO CHANGE to the 4-hour time limit has been discussed. Students will still have 4 hours to take the tests this year.

Monthly Spotlight on Critical Success Factors: Improving Academic Performance

What are the Critical Success Factors?

The Critical Success Factors (CSFs) are foundational elements within the framework of the Texas Accountability Intervention System developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS). Products of evidence-based research, their purpose is to help prioritize your focus and energies during the school improvement process. Identified priorities should lead to developing measurable goals, which in turn, should promote a committed team effort towards success. An overview of the Critical Success Factors and a Correlation of Critical Success Factors with Turnaround Principles and Nine Principles of High Performing Schools are available at the above links.

 

Improve Academic Performance

Academic performance is the foundation Critical Success Factor. By ensuring the Critical Success Factors of teacher quality, effective leadership, data driven instructional decisions, productive community and parent involvement, efficient use of learning time, and maintaining a positive school climate, campuses can increase performance for all students.

What are local districts doing to make academic performance a priority? Virtually visit the following Region 4 Reward Schools to see what they are doing to focus on the Critical Success Factor of Academic Performance by visiting the links below. A special thanks to Region 10 Education Service Center for compiling these best-practice resources on their Capacity Building Initiative website.
 

Alief ISD

Alief Early College High School
Kerr High School
Taylor High School
Taylor High School - Video
 

Pasadena ISD

Dr. Dixie Melillo Middle School
Elmer G. Bondy Intermediate School
Elmer G. Bondy Intermediate School - Video
 

Waller ISD

Roberts Road Elementary School
 

For more information on this Critical Success Factor, Academic Performance, visit the following resources –

 


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