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.Click here for more information on TELPAS.