Standardized Testing

    Link to the HISD Testing Calendar  


    STAAR — the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — is the state-mandated testing program for students in grades 3 through 12. In elementary and middle school, assessments are designed to evaluate progress and to make sure youngsters are meeting grade-level expectations. Click here for more information on STAAR

    IOWA Assessments Iowa Assessments measure student achievement and growth across a continuum of learning standards in the subject areas of Reading, Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The HISD Advanced Academics Department uses the IOWA Assessment results to help identify academically gifted students. Learn more about IOWA Assessments.

    CogAT - The CogAT Nonverbal Assessment measures reasoning and problem solving skills using pictures and geometric shapes. This reduces the impact of language on the student’s score. The Nonverbal Battery also appraises the student’s ability to use her/his cognitive resources in new situations. Unlike achievement tests, such as the Iowa Assessment, the CogAT does not measure how much a student has learned, but focuses instead on a student’s ability to display cognitive abilities that research has associated with academic success. The HISD Advanced Academics Department uses the CogAT test results to help identify academically gifted students.

    TELPAS — 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.

    TELPAS assessment components
    TELPAS assesses the English language proficiency of K–12 ELLs in four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English language proficiency assessments in grades K–12 are federally required to evaluate the progress that ELLs make in becoming proficient in the use of academic English. The assessment components for grades K–1 and 2–12 differ in the following ways:
    ■■ grades K–1: TELPAS includes holistically rated listening, speaking, reading, and writing
    assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.
    ■■ grades 2–12: TELPAS includes multiple-choice reading tests, holistically rated student writing collections, and holistically rated listening and speaking assessments. The listening and speaking assessments are based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.
    English language proficiency tests in reading have been administered as part of the Texas Student Assessment Program since 1999–2000. The holistically rated assessments have been administered since 2003–2004.
    Historical information about TELPAS may be found in the annual Texas Student Assessment Program Technical Digest at
    Click here for more information on TELPAS