Quarterly Benchmark #3
Quarterly Benchmarks are assessments given by two or more instructors with the intention of examining the results. Some goals of examining these quarterly benchmarks 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.
Quarterly Benchmark #3 will be given to High School scholars between March 8th – March 30th. High School scholars will take a QB if they are enrolled in the course that is associated with the assessment. The subjects for the assessments are English One, English Two, Algebra One, Biology, and U.S. History. Please reach out to your scholar's campus for specific dates and times.
To access the Scholar Reference Materials, please access here.
How can I learn more about Quarterly Benchmarks?
To learn more about using the AWARE online platform that scholars will use to take their Quarterly Benchmark, you can watch the video below.
Quarterly Benchmark Parent Resources
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 EOC assessments test high school students’ mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for a given course and determine college and career readiness. If a student in grade 8 or above is taking a course for which there is an EOC test, that student will be required to take that STAAR/EOC assessment. These EOC assessments are for all students graduating after 2014.
All STAAR/EOC assessments must be taken in person, scholars are not allowed to take their 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!
In-home access to STAAR tutorials/practice tests
The tutorials and practice tests are steps for scholars to learn about the online testing environment. The tutorials show students how to navigate through the test, respond to the different question types, and access the available tools. In addition, short videos illustrate how to use the various features and tools. [NOTE: Videos do not have sound except for the Speak and Audio videos, which only read aloud the text on the screen.] Tutorials are available for various grades/subjects and courses. The practice tests are released STAAR test forms that have been previously administered. These tests provide scholars with an opportunity to interact with the test interface, respond to questions, and locate and use available tools. Practice tests are available for various grades/subjects and courses.
Online tutorial and practice tests may be accessed via the in-browser option by entering the following URL into the browser URL search bar: https://tx-tss.caltesting.org/inbrowser/
December 2020 EOC Results will be available on January 18, 2021
Individual results for scholars who took the 2020 December EOC tests will be released by the state on January 18, 2021.
You can access your scholar’s EOC scores in the TEXAS ASSESSMENT STUDENT DATA PORTAL
- Go to the TEXAS ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM website
- If you know your child’s Unique Student Access Code, follow the directions to enter that code and their birthdate, and then click LOG IN TO STUDENT PORTAL.
- Click OKAY if prompted. Results should display from all state testing.
- The Unique Student Access Code is on the bottom of your student result forms from previous tests. You can also contact your campus front office and receive the code after providing the necessary identity verification.
- If you do NOT know your child’s Unique Student Access code, click the small Arrow that states FIND MY ACCESS CODE.
- Enter your child’s first name, their SSN or “S” (State Provided identification number), and birthdate. Then click GO.
- The Unique Student Access code will populate automatically. Click GO again.
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 ACT?
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies, and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research, and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career. The ACT test is divided into four multiple choice subject tests and a Writing portion. The four subjects for the multiple choice sections are English, Math, Reading, and Science.
How can I learn more about the ACT Assessment?
To learn more about the ACT test, visit ACT Student and Parents website.
ACT Parent Resources
MAP - Measures of Academic Progress
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.