Dear SISD Community,

    We hope your summer is off to a great start! Prior communication indicated that student STAAR scores would be reported during the week of June 20th. However, we received a letter from the Texas Education Agency last week indicating the timeline has been delayed to the week of July 5th due to ongoing issues and concerns with the current testing vendor. TEA has requested additional quality controls and verification prior to the release of student test scores.

    Also, the State Board of Education (SBOE) recently released a public survey to gather feedback about the current state assessment system, including STAAR and End-of-Course exams (see related press release below). Feedback and suggestions gathered through this survey will be compiled and shared with legislative leaders and the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments.

    Sunnyvale ISD would like to encourage you, as parents, teachers, and community members, to complete the following survey (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2762440/State-Assessments-and-Accountability-Survey). Please note that the survey window will close on June 30. This is a great opportunity for our community to impact the education of our students!

    Thank you for partnering with us,

    Sunnyvale ISD Administration


    State Board of Education seeks public input about assessments and accountability

    AUSTIN - The State Board of Education (SBOE) is issuing a survey in English and Spanish to seek public input about the state’s current assessment and accountability programs and gather suggestions for future program development. The survey will be open online to all Texans through June 30.

     From October 2015 to March 2016, SBOE members held nine Community Conversations meetings around the state, meeting with more than 500 citizens to gather comments about the state’s student assessment and accountability systems. The online survey addresses the issues raised during the community meetings and allows for additional input from educators, parents, business people and students.

     "Our constituents often talk to board members about testing and school ratings issues," said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich. "I felt it was also important for board members to have in-depth discussions to learn what educators, parents, business people and others want from these two high profile programs. I believe our findings will be useful in shaping the next generation systems."

     The information gathered from the survey and the Community Conversations will be compiled into a report and presented to the SBOE for its consideration at its July 19-22 meeting. Once adopted, the report will be provided to legislative leaders and the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability.

     The 15-member commission, created by the Texas Legislature, is to make recommendations for statutory changes to the state’s assessment and accountability systems. The commission report is to be submitted to the governor and legislature by Sept. 1.

    The survey is available in English at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2762440/State-Assessments-and-Accountability-Survey and in Spanish at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2851839/Encuesta-de-evaluaciones-y-responsabilidad-educativa-del-estado. Bahorich encourages Texans to share the link to the surveys to encourage widespread participation.

     Comments gathered at each of the Community Conversations are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/SBOE_Meetings/Community_Conversations_about_Assessment_and_Accountability/.

     For more information about the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, please visit http://tea.texas.gov/2804Commission.aspx.