Texas Assessment Conference

Wednesday, February 22, 8–9:15 a.m.


Range Analysis for Local Assessments
Ervin Knezek, Chief Education Officer, lead4ward, LLC
Julie English, Director, Conroe ISD

We often look at the lowest performing items on released tests as representative of rigor; however, some student expectations perform with much greater variability due to the nature of the standard itself, the cognitive complexity of the process standards, or the complexity of visual stimuli. As we design and evaluate local assessments, it is critical to examine the range, not just the mean, and to make an overt connection to the instructional implications of this concept.  

DTC: Basic Procedures 101
James Rambo, Director for Student Assessment, Irving ISD
One DTC's simplistic approach to state testing for a district of 35,000-plus students with more than 27,000 of them testing will be presented. Only a few district forms related to testing are required to be filled out and used by campuses. This DTC's guiding principle after seven-plus years as a high school CTC and nine years as a DTC is “Why write testing guidelines when they have been written/provided for you?”

Building a Bridge from Interim Assessment to Instruction
Carolyn Denny, National Educational Advisor, Renaissance Learning
Bridging Interim Assessment and Instruction is even more powerful with Renaissance Learning’s STAR Assessments. Designed to measure academic achievement and growth, STAR Assessments are built on a research-validated learning progression providing educators with insights into skills that a student is “ready to learn” next by domain. Access to resources to personalize instruction and interventions, forecasting STAAR performance and estimated mastery of the TEKS are immediately available.

[TEA] Accessibility Within the STAAR Program
Kim Brannan, Assessments for Special Populations, Student Assessment Division, Texas Education Agency
Jose Rios, Manager, Assessments for Special Populations, Student Assessment Division, Texas Education Agency

Catherine Stapleton, Program Specialist, Assessments for Special Populations, Student Assessment Division, Texas Education Agency
This session will provide participants with information about accessibility and student supports for the 2017 STAAR program for all students in grades 3 through high school. The presenters will clarify how the policies for 2017 STAAR accessibility and supports differ from the accommodation policies in previous years.  

[TACTP] Developing Our Greatest Resource: Demystifying Professional Growth & Performance
John Harrell, Testing Associate, Houston Community College
Oftentimes test center managers receive little direction on how to foster the growth of the staff who work in our offices. Human resource management may be uncharted territory for many testing professionals, but this session is meant to give you insight into how to effectively lead a team, motivate staff, and manage professional growth and performance.

Wednesday, February 22, 9:30–10:45 a.m.


Tipping the Scale - Ways to Use Measures of Learning
Ervin Knezek, Chief Education Officer, lead4ward, LLC
Julie English, Director, Conroe ISD

Come hear how to take measures other than tests to scale. How do we apply a short answer scoring system to a common product?

[TACTP] Open Forum
This session is a time for TACTP members to openly discuss current issues and concerns related to assessment changes and trends in the Texas higher education system. Please bring questions or concerns for discussion.
 
[TEA] State Accountability Update
Shannon Housson, Director, Performance Reporting, Texas Education Agency
Christopher Lucas, Director of Policy and Communications, Texas Education Agency

This session will provide the latest information on the 2017 state accountability system, the requirements of federal accountability, and the implementation of the A–F state accountability system scheduled for the 2017-18 school year.

Preconference Workshops

The Preconference Workshop registration fee is $50. Registrants have the choice of attending preconference workshops on Monday, February 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Preconference workshops have limited seating. Be prepared to select an alternative workshop if your first or second choice is full when you register. You will receive an email confirming your session a few days prior to the conference.
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