• The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all Title I schools to provide to parents a description and explanation of the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress. Below are various assessments that HISD and its schools use throughout the year.  In addition, local assessments that are used at Burnet Elementary to measure student progress are also included at the end of this letter.
     
    In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8 assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments are replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.

    The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Modified (STAAR™ Modified) will replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills–Modified (TAKS–M) in the 2011–2012 school year for third through entering ninth grade students who met the STAAR Modified participation requirements. STAAR Modified includes end-of-course (EOC) assessments and new grades 3–8 assessments implemented in the 2011–2012 school year.

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR™ Alternate) 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 is designed for the purpose of assessing students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.

    Stanford 10 is a norm-referenced achievement test that measures students’ academic achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social science.
    Aprenda 3 is a norm-referenced achievement test for students whose primary language of instruction is Spanish.  It measures students’ academic achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social science.
    TELPAS is designed to measure the English language proficiency of K–12 English Language Learners in four language areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

    To find out more about the TAKS study guides and released tests, visit the Texas Education Agency’s Web site at www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment. If you do not have access to the Internet, please call the contact person listed at the end of this letter and this information will be provided to you.

    In addition to the assessments above, Burnet Elementary also uses the following assessment(s) to measure student progress:

        District Benchmarks
        School Developed Benchmarks
        Teacher Assessments
        Fluency Probes
        TPRI-TEJAS Lee
        High Frequency Word Evaluation

    If you have questions concerning this letter or need paper copies of the material referenced on the Web site, contact the school’s Title I Coordinator, Edward Sanchez at 713-924-1780 during school hours, or e-mail esanchez@houstonisd.org