On June 16, TEA announced an optional extended online testing window for STAAR and STAAR Alternate 2 for the 2020-21 school year due to the impact of the current public health crisis. The testing calendar for STAAR paper administrations has not been changed; according to TEA, the test dates for paper remain the same.

According to TEA, the extended online testing window for both STAAR 3-8 and EOC assessments is as follows:

  • two weeks for the December 2020 STAAR EOC assessments (December 8–18),
  • five weeks for the April 2021 STAAR grades 3–8 and EOC assessments (April 6–May 7),
  • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR EOC assessments (May 4–June 4),
  • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR grades 3–8 assessments (May 11–June 11), and
  • two weeks for the June 2021 STAAR grades 3–8 and EOC assessments (June 22–July 2).

The STAAR Alternate 2 testing window has been extended to include:

  • a two-week preview window (March 15–26) and
  • a six-week test administration window (March 29–May 7).

According to TEA, districts can schedule STAAR math, reading, science and social studies tests on any school day during the optional, extended, online testing window. However, due to test security issues, tests with writing components do not have the same flexibility, and although STAAR grade 4 writing, grade 7 writing, English I, and English II are included in the five-week online testing window extension, they have been assigned designated days within each week of the extension.

TEA cautioned that a district that chooses the optional online testing window extension will need to ensure that sufficient time is provided between administrations for required remediation or accelerated instruction. (This includes retesters for STAAR grades 5 and 8 math and reading and STAAR EOC assessments.)

Students who cannot access the online test because of a required accommodation (e.g., a Braille administration or an approved paper administration of STAAR with embedded supports) may also receive the flexibility associated with the testing window extension; TEA stated that more information regarding return dates for scoreable materials for these cases will be provided soon. TEA also noted that it is looking at a potential extension to the TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate testing windows. More information will be provided soon.

Per TEA, the revised Student Assessment Testing Calendar for 2020–21 will be posted by the end of June.