Common Assessment #2
Common Assessments are assessments given by two or more instructors with the intention of examining the results. Some goals of examining these common assessments are to have educators discuss and analyze their individual plans for student success and an opportunity to look at what modifications need to be made during curriculum planning and classroom instruction before state and/or national assessments are given. They are also used as interim assessments to course correct when necessary to make sure scholars are mastering the necessary standards before state and/or national assessments are given.
Common Assessment 2 testing window: February 16 - March 5. Please contact your scholar's campus for their specific testing day within the window.
To access the Scholar Reference Materials, please access here.
How can I learn more about Common Assessments?
To learn more about using the AWARE online platform that scholars will use to take their Common Assessments, you can watch the video below.
What is MAP?
The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. Achievement is how well your child has learned skills in a subject compared to similar students nationwide. Growth is a measure of your child’s personal progress over the year. A RIT score is the overall score for a subject based on a Rasch unit (RIT) scale that indicates how your child performed in a subject.
How can I learn more about MAP?
To learn more about the MAP test, specifically while your scholar is learning virtually, please view this recorded power point with information from the Assessment Team pertaining to MAP testing at home.
MAP Parent Resources
What is TELPAS? TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The letters in TELPAS stand for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System. The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal requirements. Texas annually assesses the English language proficiency of students who have been identified as English learners (ELs) in four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. TELPAS evaluates the progress that each EL makes in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.
Who takes TELPAS? Students in grades K-12 that have been identified as an EL are required to take TELPAS. This includes ELs whose parents have declined bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) program services. They will stop participating in TELPAS when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language and have met exit criteria. This applies to all ELs even those who are not in a bilingual or ESL program. Once a student has met the state’s exit criteria, they will no longer be identified as an EL and will not have to participate in TELPAS. Information about the state’s reclassification (exit) criteria can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/bilingual/esl/education/.
What do TELPAS results tell me about my child? Every student who participates in TELPAS receives a report card with their test results. TELPAS uses four proficiency ratings—Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Advanced High—to show the progress students make in learning English from year to year. For students to reach their full academic potential, it is important for them to make steady progress in learning English. Your child’s proficiency ratings in listening, speaking, reading, and writing will give you a good idea about the progress he or she is making. Students who do not make steady progress may require additional assistance at school.
TEA TELPAS Resources
TELPAS ALT and STAAR ALT 2
What is STAAR/EOC?
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.
The STAAR assessment tests primary students’ mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for a given course and determine college and career readiness. These are required tests and all STAAR/EOC assessments must be taken in person, scholars are not allowed to take their STAAR/EOC virtually according to TEA guidelines. Please reach out to your scholar’s campus for more information regarding if your scholar will be completing an EOC for April and May Administration.
Please feel free to use the following website to learn more about STAAR/EOC testing from the TEA website- https://tea.texas.gov/student-assessment/testing/student-assessment-overview/assessment-resources-for-students-and-parents
Wondering how to support your scholar during the upcoming testing season?
Ever wonder what the STAAR test looks like? Take a moment to see what your student sees!
How do I find my scholar’s prior test scores for STAAR and/or TELPAS?