Strategies for creating learner-centered environments, fostering student engagement, and building social-emotional learning skills.

We are excited to see you in person at TAC November 1-3. Come visit us in booth 206/208 for fun and games, amazing Insta-worthy photo ops, and swag!

Student Engagement in T-TESS

Effective teachers invite students to become independent learners who understand that they are responsible for their own education. In a learner-centered environment, teachers empower students by using strategies that invite students to take an active, rather than passive, role in their learning. These strategies include building in student choice, using open-ended questioning, and encouraging collaboration and reflection. Such methods enhance student-teacher relationships by instilling mutual trust, respect, and appreciation. 


The T-TESS rubric focuses on those student-teacher relationships to help educators improve and refine their practice for optimal student achievement. T-TESS data gives administrators valuable information to make informed decisions about improving instructional quality and classroom culture. 


The accuracy of T-TESS data relies on trained appraisers who have a deep understanding of the rubric. Because appraisers are only human, data skew may occur for a variety of reasons, such as internal bias in the appraiser, appraiser “drift” (the deterioration of calibration over time), or varying standards of excellence across the rubric. 

We invite you to join us on October 20 for our webinar Searching for Skew: Using Strive Analytics to Calibrate Appraisers, which will discuss methods of searching for skew and calibrating appraisers to optimize T-TESS data.

Click here to register.

Focusing on Student Wellness 

Once the excitement of the new school year begins to wear off, students and teachers may begin to experience a mid-semester slump. How can we utilize our tools to combat this issue? To improve communication and connection between you and your students, consider creating a check-in using Aware. Asking your students about how they’re feeling provides them with an outlet to feel heard and gives you data to better meet your students where they are. 


An online assessment is one way to survey your students’ well-being. We have created a sample assessment that provides some check-in questions designed to help you gauge the emotional state of your students. Click here to read more about using online assessment for student wellness and to access the Zip file

Some responses or observations might prompt a more documented approach. We have created a series of sample student forms in the Aware Student Forms community. These are available for download to anyone with the Student Forms Administrator Role for Aware.


Assessment Opportunities

We are looking for educators who are interested in assisting us with building the STAAR released items in Aware. Do you have experience building assessments? Have you created content clarifiers? Apply today!

Looking for additional interactive items for your assessments? Check out the latest from our partners at Region 10 and TEKSbank.

Coming Soon: Updates to Aware Student Forms 

Student Forms will be able to better support your local practices for initiatives like HB 4545. Assigning forms to a Monitor Group will allow you to quickly gather relevant information for students with an identified need such as intervention support for reading. You will also be able to collect up to three years of data when using the Test and Score option for STAAR assessments. These key features will save you time and provide you and your staff with direct information to make informed decisions for the instructional needs of individual students.

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