The Willis ISD Student Assessment Department manages and oversees the training, production, and administration of district assessments as well as all state assessments included in the Texas assessment program.
State Assessments -
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which was implemented in spring 2012, includes annual assessments for
- reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
- writing at grades 4 and 7
- science at grades 5 and 8
- social studies at grade 8
- end-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.
TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment 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. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.
TEA designed the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language.
The TAKS assessments, the assessment program that preceded STAAR, are designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level. Examinees who were enrolled in grade 9 in 2010–2011 or earlier must pass all four subject areas to meet assessment graduation requirements for a Texas public school diploma. Any eligible student for whom TAKS is a graduation requirement and is currently enrolled in grade 11, grade 12, or is considered out-of-school may test during any of the TAKS test administrations.
District Assessments -
Common Assessments - District created assessment over smaller amounts of curriculum that has already been taught in the classroom.
Benchmarks - District created assessment to gather data over content that has already been taught in the classroom.