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State and Local Required Assessments

CIRCLE

Grades: Pre-K

The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is a tool that enables a teacher to quickly assess a child’s progress in a particular skill area. The data collected is reviewed by teachers and prompts them to focus on targetted lessons that address their students’ least developed skills.

The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System:

  • is on the 2017-2021 Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments
  • is available at no cost to Texas public prekindergarten teachers and programs eligible for the TSR Online program
  • demonstrated high reliability and validity in multiple research studies

 

 

TX-KEA Early Literacy

Grades: Kindergarten

TX-KEA is an early literacy assessment on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments that provides teachers with a comprehensive understanding of students’ learning. The data collected enables teachers to design differentiated instruction to better meet students’ individual needs. TX-KEA provides multiple implementation options to our school district such as:

  • Three-wave progress monitoring tool (BOY, MOY, EOY)
  • One-time kindergarten entry assessment (BOY)
  • One-time literacy screener (BOY)
  • Dyslexia Screener (EOY)

 

 

TPRI Early Literacy

Grades: 1st 

TPRI is a highly reliable early literacy assessment on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments that designed to identify the reading development of students. This tool is utilized as a one-on-one assessment, which helps teachers provide targeted instruction so that students improve as readers. The TPRI benchmark assessment is given 3 times per year, with the Middle of Year 1st grade assessment being a Dyslexia screener.

 

 

FastBridge Early Literacy

Grades: 2nd

FastBridge is an early literacy assessment on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments that screens our 2nd grade students on early reading indicators. It is a computer based assessment that allows our teachers to utilize the data to identify skill gaps and offer proven recommendations for reading instruction and diagnostic reading interventions.

 

 

MindPlay

Grades: 7th 

Mindplay is a computer-based Dyslexia screener utilized to assess all seventh grade students at the beginning of the school year whose performance on the grade 6 STAAR reading assessment did not demonstrate reading proficiency. 

 

 

MyPath Reading and Math

Grades: K-12

MyPath is utilized as a supplemental intervention for our students. They are guided through a diagnostic at the beginning, middle, and end of year that identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses in math and reading. This program then places our students on a learning pathway based on the results from their diagnostic screener. Our teachers are able to utilize MyPath to assign additional enrichment lessons and facilitate active interventions that can address learning gaps and also propel students forward.

 

 

STAAR Interim Assessments

Grades: 3-8 and EOC 

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Interim Assessments are online, district adopted assessments that align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The data we receive from the assessments help educators monitor student progress and predict student performance on STAAR. 

 

 

STAAR

“STAAR is the state's testing program and is based on state curriculum standards in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. STAAR tests are designed to measure what students are learning in each grade and whether or not they are ready for the next grade. The goal is to ensure that all students receive what they need to be academically successful. Meeting these individual student needs depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working together.” -Texas Education Agency

Grades/Subjects assessed:

  • RLA: Grades 3-8
  • Math: Grades 3-8
  • Science: Grades 5 & 8
  • Social Studies: Grade 8
  • Egnlish I EOC 
  • Algebra I EOC
  • Biology EOC
  • English II EOC
  • U.S. History EOC

 

 

STAAR Alt. 2

“This assessment is for students who have been determined to have a significant cognitive disability and meet the state's participation requirements for STAAR Alternate 2.” -Texas Education Agency

Grades/Subjects assessed:

  • RLA: Grades 3-8
  • Math: Grades 3-8
  • Science: Grades 5 & 8
  • Social Studies: Grade 8
  • Egnlish I EOC 
  • Algebra I EOC
  • Biology EOC
  • English II EOC
  • U.S. History EOC

 

 

TELPAS/TELPAS Alt.

Grades: K-12

TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) is an assessment program developed by the Texas Education Agency (T.E.A.)  to meet state and federal requirements for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate allow districts to assess the progress that emergent bilingual (EB) students make in learning the English language. Our LPAC (Language Proficieny Assessment Committee) utilizes the data produced from the TELPAS assessment to implement appropriate interventions for our English learners.