Assessment

State of Texas Assessments


Over time, changes to state and federal statute as well as changes to the state mandated curriculum, currently the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), have required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to make changes to the state assessment program. Whether students are served through general education, special education, or bilingual/English as a second language program, the state assessments provide a snapshot of the degree to which students are learning the TEKS.

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program includes five end-of-course (EOC) assessments and grade 3–8 assessments as defined below. This year, CISD students will participate in the following assessments as determined by their grade or course completion:

  • Grades 3-8 Reading

  • Grades 3-8 Math

  • Grades 4 & 7 Writing

  • Grades 5 & 8 Science

  • Grade 8 Social Studies

  • Algebra I

  • Biology

  • English I

  • English II

  • U.S. History

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Student Success Initiative - State Law Requirements

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor and the commissioner of education waived the requirements regarding grade promotion for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–21 school year. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools are not required to apply for a waiver of these SSI requirements. 

Students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are still required to take the appropriate STAAR assessments once. Regardless of their score, retest opportunities will not be provided. Districts will have local discretion on whether these students should advance to the next grade, just like students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7. These decisions should be based on local criteria that reflect a student’s academic achievement and mastery of subject matter, and should include STAAR assessment results, along with other relevant information. Districts are still responsible for providing accelerated instruction and supports for students that fail to perform satisfactorily on STAAR. Furthermore, although students in grades 5 and 8 will not be retained solely on the basis of STAAR results, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will remain accountable for student performance. 

As a part of this waiver, there will only be one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments for the 2020–21 school year. This administration will be in May to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3–8 assessments. 

The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 5 math and reading tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the STAAR grade 8 math and reading tests to be promoted to ninth grade.  For more information about SSI, please view the Parent's Guide by clicking on a link below, or contact your student's campus.

A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative 

Guía para los Padres de Familia Sobre la Iniciativa para el Éxito Estudiantil

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate 2 (STAAR Alternate 2)

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate 2 (STAAR Alternate 2) to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. STAAR Alternate 2 is designed for the purpose of assessing students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and receive special education services.

The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) is designed to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language. TELPAS measures English language proficiency in the following domains:

TELPAS reading, listening, and speaking is an online assessment that measures annual growth in English language proficiency of LEP students in grades 2–12.

TELPAS reading (K-1), listening, speaking, and writing assessments enable teachers to holistically rate a LEP student’s English language proficiency based on daily interactions and observations of the student during classroom instruction. These observation protocols are administered for:

  • Grades K–1 Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing - Holistically Rated
  • Grades 2-12 Listening, Speaking, Reading - Online and Writing - Holistically Rated
 Castleberry ISD State Assessment Plan

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