Thousands of Eanes ISD STAAR tests possibly ‘misplaced’

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Eanes Independent School District said Thursday that the STAAR tests of six grade levels have been “misplaced.”

The district says they were notified by STAAR test vendor Educational Testing Services (ETS) that their third through eighth grade tests had been misplaced, amounting to possibly thousands of tests. The school district said they have 3,844 students in the affected grades, but some of those students may have withdrawn or not taken the tests for other reasons.

In a statement, ETS said answer documents have not been lost and they will be reported as scheduled. The company says they contacted Eanes in May, because their tracking system indicated they had not received the shipment of tests. The district replied the tests were sent and this was later confirmed by the company, ETS continued.

“The report that answer documents were lost is not supported by the facts,” spokesperson Tom Ewing with ETS said.

Eanes ISD said they were told by ETS the company was confident they would find the tests and send the results before the June 15 deadline.

“We have notified TEA, and will work with them on any guidelines or recommendations, should ETS not be able to find the tests,” Bill Bechtol, deputy superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Eanes ISD, said in a statement. “Our students are our priority. As such, we will do everything we can to ensure that they are not penalized because of this issue.”

In a letter to parents, the school district said while the tests were sent and received properly, the tests were still misplaced.

In April 2016, KXAN reported 14,220 STAAR tests were affected by a computer glitch statewide. Districts were given the choice to retest students on subjects including English, writing math and reading. ETS said at the time they recovered most, if not all, of the lost test answers.

STAAR, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, was implemented in Spring 2012 to annually assess Texas students on a range of subjects from third grade to eighth grade.

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