TEA Requests Comments on Proposed Revisions to the 2020 Early College High School (ECHS) Blueprints

TEA’s Texas College and Career Readiness School Models recently announced that it intends to make the draft 2020 ECHS Blueprint available for public comment from February 3rd through February 28.
While we wait for the proposed revisions to be posted, TSA members may want to download and review the current 2019 Blueprint benchmarks before commenting on the proposed revisions for 2020. Specific benchmarks to review include the following:
  • Benchmark 5: Academic Rigor and Readiness, page 9 | Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college placement exam
  • Access Outcomes-Based Measures, page 12
  • Attainment Outcomes-Based Measures, page 13
  • Achievement Outcomes-Based Measures, page 14

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) Update

ICYMI… TEA and THECB are collaborating in the revision and launch of the TSIA2. The release date for the new exam is August 31, 2020; and it will include an integrated reading and writing section.
According to the December 12 TAA letter “students will have access to a free online score report with TSIA recommended test preparation support,” and there is a TEA webinar available to learn more about the revised assessment. The webinar may be accessed here.
TEA’s also reports that “during the transition, both the TSIA and the TSIA2 results will be used for CCMR. The standard that was in place when the student tested will be used to determine college readiness.” (Source: This Week in Performance Reporting, January 17, 2020.)
For more information on the TSAI2, visit the Texas Success Initiative and Developmental Education website.
Interesting to note… As of 2019, nearly two-thirds of Texas school districts are designated as TSIA Institutions. Scores earned by students through the month of August 2020 may be used for enrollment in dual credit and college credit courses for a period of five years, through Summer 2025. Students who have not reached the college ready score for enrollment prior to August 31, 2020 must take the new TSAI2.

HB 3906 (STAAR Subtests) Assessment Educator Advisory Committee Members Named

As required by HB 3906 (86th Texas Legislature), Commissioner Morath formed the Assessment Educator Advisory Committee to advise the commissioner and the agency regarding the development of academically appropriate assessment instruments.
The 25 committee members were announced on January 17 and their first meeting was held on January 23; however, the meeting was not livestreamed or recorded. The committee is expected to coordinate with the Commissioner’s technical advisory committee that includes psychometricians and assessment experts.
Congratulations! to the following six TSA members who were appointed to serve on the committee:
  • Dr. Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Ft. Bend ISD
  • Ms. Yuridiana Lewis, Secondary RLA, Dallas ISD
  • Dr. Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Ms. Ami Ruby, ELA Coordinator, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Ms. Cynthia Sanchez, Principal, El Paso ISD
  • Ms. Cassandra Scott, Special Education, Richardson ISD
We look forward to learning more about this committee and the scope of their work.

Breaking News for Busy People

In the last two weeks, the following opinion articles related to the HB 3 STAAR Readability Study have appeared in the Dallas Morning News. [Readers will recall that Part 1 of the HB 3 STAAR Readability Study was published on December 1 and Part 2 of the study is expected to be released on February 1, 2020.]
“As a Texas legislator, I’m determined to get rid of the STAAR test”
Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) believes that it’s time to replace the STAAR test with an “innovative substitute” Read the full article here.
“Texas, don’t throw out the STAAR exam just because you don’t like the results”
Directors at the George W. Bush Institute respond to Rep. Shaheen’s article by saying, “Texas needs a way to compare students’ educational achievement.” Read the full article here.