Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener and Diagnostic Assessments

July 13, 2015

Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener and Diagnostic Assessments

Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners

The 2015-2016 administration windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners are scheduled as follows:


• Fall: August 24, 2015–October 2, 2015
• Winter: January 11, 2016–February 12, 2016
• Spring: April 4, 2016–May 6, 2016

The Elementary School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) and Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal Screeners are designed to help teachers determine if students in grades 2–4 (ESTAR) and 5–8 (MSTAR) are in need of additional instructional support in order to develop the skills needed to meet expectations in algebra. The students’ results can be used to guide instructional decisions.

Testing Windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments

The 2015-2016 administration windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are scheduled as follows: 


• Fall: August 31, 2015–October 9, 2015
• Winter: January 18, 2016–February 19, 2016
• Spring: April 11, 2016–May 13, 2016

The ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments (DAs) provide a next step for Response to Intervention (RtI) implementation. The DAs are administered after the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and help teachers understand why students are struggling.

The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and DAs and training on how to use them are available at no cost to all Texas public school districts. For more information, contact mathtx@esc13.net.