ESTAR/MSTAR Updates

Call for Participants: MSTAR Universal Screener (Revised) Pilot
The MSTAR Universal Screener (Revised) Pilot will be extended through June 20, 2014, to allow for additional participation.  The Texas Education Agency is specifically seeking volunteers from grades 5-8.  The purpose of the pilot test is to ensure the MSTAR Universal Screener assessment items are valid and reliable. We need approximately 16,000 students (4,000 at each grade level) to participate in the pilot testing, which is the target number needed to yield the data required.

The MSTAR Universal Screener is designed to determine if students in grades 5-8 are "at risk" OR "not at risk" for meeting expectations in algebra and is used to help guide instructional decisions. The MSTAR Universal Screener is currently undergoing revisions to align with the revised math TEKS to be implemented in 2014-15.

The MSTAR Universal Screener (Revised) is scheduled to go live statewide in fall 2014. As part of the development of this assessment tool, TEA is inviting summer school teachers and their students to take part in this critical step in launching and validating the tool.

Participating students will need to complete 25-36 questions in an online format. Most students will require one class period to complete the assessment, but they may complete it in multiple sessions.

Please contact Region 10 Education Service Center at universalscreener@region10.org as soon as possible to participate.

Information regarding additional details of the pilot will be sent soon.

Thank you for your contribution to the success of this important project!

Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners
The 2014-2015 Administration Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener have been scheduled as follows:
• Fall: August 25, 2014 - October 3, 2014
• Winter: January 7, 2015 - February 10, 2015
• Spring: April 6, 2015 - May 8, 2015

The Elementary-School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) and Middle-School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screeners are designed to help teachers determine if students in grades 2-4 (ESTAR) and 5-8 (MSTAR) are in need of additional instructional support in order to develop the skills to meet expectations in algebra. The students' results can be used to guide instructional decisions. The MSTAR Universal Screener is currently undergoing revisions to align the assessment with the revised math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which will be implemented in 2014-2015.

Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments
The 2014-2015 Administration Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments have been scheduled as follows: 
• Fall: September 2, 2014 - October 9, 2014 (MSTAR only)
• Winter: January 14, 2015 - February 20, 2015 (MSTAR only)
• Spring: April 13, 2015 - May 15, 2015

The ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are designed to provide a next step for Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation. The Diagnostic Assessments are administered to students identified as being in need of additional support. The ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are designed to help teachers understand why students are struggling.