TEA BOY ASSESSMENT SUPPORT RESOURCES
This support page can be reached using the vanity URL www.HoustonISD.org/TEABOYinfo
The Beginning of Year (BOY) assessments from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) support analysis of student progress and understanding of the statewide curriculum. BOY Assessments are designed to diagnose understanding of the TEKS from the previous school year. Therefore, the BOY assessments are administered to students based on their prior year enrolled grade level.
NOTE: This school year, 2021-22, the BOY assessments are required for students who did not take the STAAR during the 2020-21 school year.
The HISD BOY testing window is from August 30 to September 24
CTC training will take place on August 16, 17, and 19. For training session information, please refer to page two of This Week in Testing (Link Here).
Resource Description In chronological order. PowerPoint used during training for the TEA Beginning of Year (BOY) assessments.
Traning Videos and assciated Task Cards
TIDE: Change Test Format from Paper to Online, Eligibility, and Attributes (Accommodations)
Click here for Video - Click here for Task Card
TIDE - Bulk File Upload to Change Eligibility
Clcik here for Video - Click here for Task Card (coming soon)
TIDE - Bulk File Upload to add Accommodations (Attributes)
Click Here for Video - Click here for Task Card (coming soon)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the TEA BOY. For questions related to TIDE (Test Information Distribution Engine), please refer to the TIDE FAQ found further below. Link to the TEA web page regarding Beginning of Year (BOY) Assessments. BOY FAQ (TEA) Link to TEA FAQ page about the BOY. Details about House Bill 4545 and how to implement the required Accelerated Learning and Accelerated Learning Committes (ALCs). Informational overview of its implementation. Link to the actual bill.
To access the A4E report:
Open A4E at
Click on Documents at the bottom of the window
At the top of the workspace, under "Most Recently Added Documents", click on "Student Accelerated Learning Report 2021-22"
PowerPoint with instructions on how to use the Student Accelerated Learning Report in A4E.
In order to best support HISD. schools, the Interventions Office has created a SharePoint site to provide a reliable source of up-to-date information regarding HB 4545 implementation.
Quick guide for getting started with Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). CTC/FAC designation form to be completed by the campus Principal. The CTC will be added to Cambium within 24 hours. Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the new state vendor Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) and the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). Questions posed by Campus tetsing Coordinators (CTCs) and the Campus Assessment Team (CAT). User roles and permissions. Direct link to TIDE (Test Information Distribution Engine). In TIDE, you will be able to add students, accommodations, and manage testing. From TIDE, you will be able to access other platforms, including the Test Delivery System (TDS) to create sessions and the Central Reporting System (CRS) to run reports.
This site may be used to access practice and operational tests including the TEA BOY and TEA Interim. For STAAR and TELPAS, students need to use the TX Secure Browser (lockdown browser) that is pushed to all HISD managed devices.
Students may log in to an operational test or click on the lower left of the screen to access practice tests. To log in to an operational test, students need 1) their first name, 2) 10-digit TSDS Student Unique Identifier, and 3) the Session ID. The first two pieces of information are found on the test ticket. The third piece of information is provided by the CTC. To access a practice test, credentials are NOT required.
Instructions on how to run reports, including how to see students’ performance in different areas over time.
New TEA portal for Students and Families, Testing Personnel, and Educators. To access testing resources, click on "Testing Personnel".
NOTE: After September 1, this site will be accessible via www.TexasAssessment.gov
Guide for pre-checking devices, Wi-Fi, and headsets. It is recommended to conduct the pre-check at least one week prior to the first day of testing, to allow enough time to address any issues. The guide includes troubleshooting solutions. BOY Channel on the CTC Open Forum Please visit the BOY Channel in the CTC Open Forum for the latest updates and to ask questions. "This Week in Testing" in folder in the CTC Open Forum general channel Please visit the "This Week in Testing" folder in the CTC Open Forum for the latest weekly updates. Book a Remote Support Session Book a 30-minute remote support session in Teams.