Online STAAR Testing Issues

On Tuesday, April 6th, districts all over Texas experienced connectivity issues with the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP). The three STAAR tests affected were Grade 4 writing, Grade 7 writing, and English I. 

Online testing for 4th and 7th grade writing will resume Thursday, April 8, 2021, English 1, will resume Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and English II will proceed as planned for Thursday, April 8, 2021.

We understand the frustration this has caused students, parents, teachers, and administrators. What happened was completely unacceptable. ETS, the testing vendor, experienced problems with their database system, which have since been corrected. The 2021 online administration of STAAR will be ETS’s last for the State of Texas. Beginning next school year, Cambium Assessment will be taking over these critical testing functions to ensure that users have a seamless online testing experience moving forward.

All involved in public education in Texas should expect better than what they have experienced; they are working to ensure that our students do not experience future testing issues.