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Testing

There are various types of tests and testing programs administered 
through Amarillo ISD.  Below is a list of many of these testing programs.

 

 State Testing Programs


STAAR
STAAR measures a student's mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the TEKS.  All eligible Texas public school students are assessed in mathematics in grades 3-8; reading in grades 3-8; writing in grades 4 and 7;  science in grades 5, and 8; and social studies in grade 8.  Eligible students may meet testing requirements with Spanish versions of the STAAR assessments, available in grades 3-5.  Students in grades 9 - 12 will take the STAAR End-of-Course tests.  The EOC consists of 12 course specific tests including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, World History, US History, English I, English II, and English III.


STAAR-M
STAAR (Modified) is an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards and is designed to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Ace of 2004 (IDEA 2004).  STAAR (Modified) is intended for a small number of students served by special education who meet participation requirements.  Each test covers the same grade-level content as STAAR, but has been changed in format (larger font, fewer items per page, etc.) and test design (fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, etc.). 


STAAR-Alt
STAAR (Alternative) is an alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities receiving special education services who meet the participation requirements.


STAAR L
STAAR L is a lihnguistically accommodated English version of the STAAR grades 3-8 and EOC mathematics, science, and social studies assessments for English Language Learners who meet participation requirements for particular types of linguistic accommodations.


TELPAS
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System assesses the progress that grade K-12 ELLs make in learning the English language.  TELPAS assesses second language development in the domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Multiple-choice assessments are used to assess reading in grades 2-12.  For the other grades and domains, holistically rated assessments based on student observations and written student work are used.



TAKS
TAKS measures a student's mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the TEKS.  TAKS will continue be the graduation standard for students who were in 9th grade in 2010-11.  Current 10th, 11th, and retesting 12th grade students will continue to take the TAKS test.
 

TAKS-A
TAKS includes a form called TAKS (Accommodated) for students served by special education who meet eligibility requirements for specific accommodations.  This is a general assessment based on the same grade-level academic achievement standards as TAKS.  The TAKS (Accommodated) form includes format changes (larger font, fewer items per page) and contains no embedded field-test items.  TAKS (Accommodated) will still be available for current 10th, 11th, and retesting 12th grade students.


TAKS-M
TAKS (Modified) is an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards and is designed to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Ace of 2004 (IDEA 2004).  TAKS (Modified) is intended for a small number of students served by special education who meet participation requirements.  Each test covers the same grade-level content as TAKS, but has been changed in format (larger font, fewer items per page, etc.) and test design (fewer answer choices, simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, etc.).   TAKS (Modified) will still be avaialbe for current 10th and 11th grade students.




District Testing Programs


AP Exams
Advanced Placement Exams are administered in May to students who participate in AP classes.  Students can register to take the corresponding exam for each AP class they are in.  Based on their exams scores, students can earn college credit at more than 90% of colleges in the US as well as colleges in more than 60 other countries.


 Credit by Exam
Credit by Exam assesses a student's mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in a subject for an academic course either for acceleration or for a course that was not satisfactorily completed.



EXPLORE
The EXPLORE program is designed to help 8th graders explore a broad range of options for their future.  EXPLORE prepares students not only for their high school coursework, but for their post-high school choices as well.  It consists of four academic achievement tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science.



PLAN
PLAN is an achievement test administered to 10th grade students during the Fall.  PLAN is a "pre-ACT" test that focuses attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement.  It consists of curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science.


PSAT/NMSQT
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT.  Administered to 10th and 11th grade students, the test measures critical reading skills, math problem solving skills and writing skills.




College Testing Programs


ACT
The ACT test assesses high school student's general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  The multiple-choice tests cover English, mathematics, reading and science,  The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.  ACT testing is given through Amarillo College.


SAT
The SAT is the most widely used admissions test in the US.  It assesses student's knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing and mathematics.  The SAT is typically taken by 11th and 12th grade students and is administered through Amarillo College.

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