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titleHow do I upload STAAR or SIRS Data Files

Once you have saved the file(s) you wish to upload, select Upload Data.

A new window will open.  Click Choose File and browse to where you have saved the data files.  

Next select the year and grade level of the file being uploaded from the Data Set drop down menu.  For the file to process correctly, the correct data set needs to be selected.

Next select the type of file being uploaded from the Data Type drop down menu.

  • Post Testing are the .txt score files that are posted after testing and can be downloaded from ETS according to the dates on the TEA Calendar of Events
  • Post SIRS are the .txt files that are downloaded from ETS once a SIRS file has been uploaded (typically available within 24-48 hours after the SIRS file has been uploaded)

After all selections have been made, click Upload.  NOTE:  When EOC data files are uploaded, Performance Tracker will pull in the cumulative test data records.

How Do I Know What Data Set to Choose for Performance Tracker?

SIRS files and Score reporting files are named in a way that will identify the year the data is associated with.  For example:

The first string of numbers is the district ID.  The second string is the date you submitted the SIRS request (or the date you got it back from ETS).  The E is for EOC (STAAR will have an S)  and the next 4 digits are the important ones.  The first 2 are the admin (13=fall, 15=spring, 16=summer) the last 2 are the year.  For example:

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Important here are the last 2 digits in that 4 digit number, that’s the year and that’s how you know what data set to choose.


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titleWhat happens after I upload a STAAR or SIRS file?

After the file has been uploaded, a table will appear with the status of the file.  Initially the status will be "received" and when complete will change to "processed".  The table will also indicate Valid records (records where test data was successfully matched) and Failed records (records where data was unable to be matched).

 After the file has completed processing, a new table will appear with the names of students for whom test data has been associated.  

Initially, 5 students will be shown.  You may search for a student by typing in the local ID or to view additional students, choose 10, 25 or All from the View drop‐down menu.

By choosing Select next to a student’s name a table will appear displayed the test data by subject or EOC course associated with the student.

If a student did not have a score code of "S" the cell with the student data will now reflect the score code that was assigned to the student and the box will be highlighted gray. For instance, a student with a score code of "A" will have SC-A displayed, or a score code of "O" will be displayed as SC-O.


New for 2019 is the option for the DTC to include the substitute assessment exclusion information for the students that is captured in the data file. If chosen, the exclusion of substitute assessment will be added for those students.

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