On September 19, 2016, TEA sent out an email to those who subscribe to Educational
Technology Updates and/or Texas Gateway. This email states that STaR Chart was
permanently closed. On September 30, 2016 TEA made available an editable versionof the STaR Chart. More details are provided below.Please refer to "The Administrator Addressed" correspondence from TEA on March 14,2016. Download the TEA letter here. You will find information regarding TechnologyPlanning and Reporting in Texas Schools. The letter refers to STaR Chart, ePlan, andE-Rate and contains information regarding requirements for technology plans in thestate of Texas.
District planning is essential to ensure digital learning opportunities for all students and educators. The State Board of Education's Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 (PDF) provides recommendations to support district and campus planning.Although it is no longer required for districts to have a technology plan for E-rate purposes, technology plans are still important to ensure eligibility for potential future funding opportunities.The Texas ePlan system remains open for districts to use, although a formal review and approval at the regional and state level is no longer available. Here is more information about the Texas ePlan System.
STaR ChartEmail dated 9/30/2016 from TEA
"Editable Version of Texas Teacher STaR Chart
We (TEA) have received numerous requests to make the Texas Teacher STaR Chart available in an editable version. Districts wishing to use questions from the Texas Teacher STaR Chart to create local forms may download a Word document here. As a reminder, technology implementation information gathered through third party survey tools or local measurements does not need to be reported back to TEA."Email dated 9/19/2016 from TEA"For educators anticipating a restart of the STaR Chart system for the 2016–2017 school year, please note that the legacy system has been permanently closed. Districts that wish to provide a district-level report on technology implementation may use the online survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and only needs to be completed once per district. The representative selected to complete the survey should confer with other stakeholders before completing the survey to ensure accurate reporting.
Since measurements of technology implementation are important, districts might consider using other survey tools or developing local measurements. Information gathered through other survey tools or local measurements does not need to be reported back to TEA.
Statewide technology implementation information gathered during the 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 school years—through STaR Chart, the 2015–2016 online survey, and other survey tools—will be published in the 2016 Progress Report on the Long-Range Plan for Technology. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org."