Beginning of Year (BoY)Assessments
Assessments are a valuable tool to monitor student progress and measure student understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). As a result of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) for the 2019–2020 school year, optional beginning-of-year (BOY) assessments will be offered to school districts and parents to help indicate student understanding of the TEKS from the previous school year. The data will help educators develop appropriate instructional plans this fall to address any gaps in student learning resulting from the previous school year’s disruption of classroom instruction and from the summer break.
The BOY assessments have been built using released STAAR test questions. While the optional BOY assessments will be administered in early fall 2020, they are, as noted above, designed to diagnose understanding of the TEKS from the previous school year. Therefore, the BOY assessments should be administered to students in grades 4–12, based on their prior year enrolled grade level or course. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will not use data from the BOY assessments for any accountability purposes. Data will only be used to determine the educational impact of the current crisis and to spread best practices.
Assessments Used to Gather Data
- Beginning-of-the-Year (BOY) Assessments are assessments from the state to measure student knowledge in STAAR-assessed subjects. They were online tests formatted like STAAR.
- iSTATION is an online program used to monitor reading and math progress and place students in interactive online instruction. Grades 1-5 complete the assessments monthly, while Grades 6-8 are assessed three times – beginning, middle, and end of each year.