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STAAR Test Security and Confidentiality

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Dear HISD Parents:

The Texas Education Agency has set the primary STAAR testing dates for Spring 2018 as follows:

April 10 April 11 April 12
Grade 4 Writing
Grade 5 Math
Grade 7 Writing
Grade 8 Math
English I EOC
Grade 5 Reading
Grade 8 Reading
English II EOC


May 7 May 8 May 9 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17
Algebra I EOC Biology EOC US History EOC Gr. 3 Math
Gr. 4 Math
Gr. 6 Math
Gr. 7 Math
Gr. 3 Reading
Gr. 4 Reading
Gr. 6 Reading
Gr. 7 Reading
Gr. 5 Science
Gr. 8 Science
Algebra II EOC

Gr. 8 Social Studies

The Texas Education Agency is required by law to create policies to ensure the security and confidentiality of these exams. As a district, it is our responsibility to make sure that we have procedures in place to comply with these policies.  One of these requirements is that districts must ensure that students do not have access to electronics during testing. The following outlines the practice of each HISD campus on a testing day:

  • Students are asked by their test administrator to submit any cell phone or electronic device prior to testing.
  • Students are asked to turn the devices off and place them in an envelope, baggy, tub, etc. to be held until the testing session is complete
  • If a student does not have a phone or any electronic device, they are asked to sign a statement indicating that they do not have one in their possession on that day.
  • Cell phones and devices are kept in the testing room and returned when the testing session is completed.

It is important for the security of each child’s STAAR test and district compliance requirements that every child follow the above procedures during any test administration.  Failure to comply with these procedures will result in disciplinary actions. Failure to turn in a cell phone or electronic device on a state assessment may include any of the following:

  1. 3 days In-School Suspension
  2. 10 days of lunch detention
  3. Loss of device with $15 fine for collection (parent required to pick up)
  4. Mandatory parent conference

The Texas Education Agency also has guidelines in place for any student who is caught cheating or attempting to cheat on a state assessment with a cell phone or in any other manner.  Districts must report these incidents to TEA, invalidate the student’s test, and have local consequences in place for these violations. Consequences for cheating on a state assessment through the use of a cell phone OR any other means may include any of the following:

  1. 5 days In-School Suspension
  2. 15 days of lunch detention
  3. Loss of device for the remainder of the school year with $15 fine for collection (parent required to pick up)
  4. Mandatory parent conference
  5. Invalidation of state test
  6. DAEP placement hearing for repeat offenses

Hallsville ISD maintains a firm stance on the importance of compliance with all Texas Education Agency requirements.  Failure to comply with the above stated expectations will result in immediate action by campus administration. Parent support is critical in order for students and the district to be protected from potential violation of test requirements. 

Should you have any questions regarding these expectations, please contact the assessment office at (903) 668-5990 ext. 5044

Dr. Amber Daub
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction