Here are specific instructions on how to load the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Grades 3-8 (STAAR) student results files, along with the STAAR-Alternate 2 student results files. The process is identical for both tests.
The Import Test Results page can be found at School Info > Imports and Exports
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Select File Layout ↑
The Import Test Results process can import both the STAAR and STAAR Alternate 2 student test results files. For best results, load test files at the district level when possible. The Import Test Results process will also add the new STAAR and STAAR Alternate test parts into the Testing Control (CTL) table and the Content Standard Names (CSN) table when the file layout is selected.
Select the proper STAAR Test Results file layout to import the STAAR student results file. The data file must be in the format defined in the STAAR/STAAR Alternate 2 Student Data File Layout found on the Texas Education Agency Data File Formats website. Once the file is downloaded from the testing vendor, it should NOT be opened before importing into Aeries, as that sometimes breaks the format the import routine is expecting. When deciding which year file layout to use, select the file layout that was in effect when the data was downloaded.
NOTE: It is VERY important that the correct file layout be chosen to match the results file, as the STAAR and STAAR-Alternate file layouts are almost identical. Choosing the wrong layout for the file being imported will result in the test records being misidentified, and not aligning properly.
Select Test Results File ↑
Once the file layout is selected, click on the Select File(s) to Load button, select the proper data file, and click on Open.
The system will attempt to validate the data file against the file layout that was selected in Step 1 by looking for key words in the file layout name. If the key words do not exist a warning message will come up to check that the correct file layout and data file were selected. In the below example the STAAR 3-8 file layout was selected, but the data file is the STAAR Alternate 3-8. The warning message comes up alerting the customer to double-check that the correct data file was selected. After clicking on the OK to remove the warning the customer can click on the Clear button to remove the data file and then select a new file.
Once the correct data file has been opened, click on the Upload file(s) and create temp data button to load the data file. A progress bar will display as the file is loaded.
The Default Date for the STAAR test results is the first day of the month/year contained in the data file. The Testing Administration for the test results is SPRGXX where XX is the year of the month/year contained in the data file. If desired, the test results may also include an identification of the data source by choosing it from the Source drop-down menu, although the Source and Type fields are optional. If desired, additional values can be added to both of these dropdowns through the Update Code Table process.
Matching Students ↑
Click on the Match Students button to match the students in the data file to the students in Aeries. The Unique ID is the primary identification in the STAAR Student Results data files. It should be the first method used for matching students. If there are still large numbers of students unmatched, you can also select other options for matching.
If students are still unmatched, you can print a report of the unmatched students by clicking on the button labeled Print Unmatched Students:
Finally, students can be matched manually by searching by name, Student ID or Unique ID, or by entering the Student ID number directly into the matching field. For best results, please match as many students as possible before loading the test results.
Update Test Tables ↑
The STAAR Test Results import will add/update records to the Test Scores (TST), Content Standard Scores (CST) and Test Exclusions (TEX) tables. After the import process has completed an email with summary information will be sent to the user that initiated the import.