Assessment & Accountability

As a result of HB 22, which was passed into law during the 85th Texas legislative session, the Texas Education Agency was required to develop and implement an A-F State Accountability system for public schools. In this system, campuses and districts are evaluated in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps, and overall. Districts were evaluated with A-F ratings for the first time under this new system in 2018 and campuses were evaluated with A-F ratings for the first time in 2019.

In 2019 Round Rock ISD was rated District received a ‘B’ in Student Achievement, a ‘B’ in School Progress, ‘B’ in Closing the Gaps and “B” Overall.  Campuses across the State received A- F ratings for the first time in 2019. 

The Texas Education Agency has more information about the A-F Accountability System posted
here

You can find Accountability ratings Round Rock ISD and all campuses, as well as districts and campuses across the state at https://txschools.gov/

Each year, the District compiles a wide range of performance information into an Annual Report in the format specified by TEA. The primary component of the Annual Report is the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) for the district and each campus. In addition to the TAPR, the district also includes the PEIMS Financial Standard Reports, campus performance objectives, a report of violent or criminal incidents, and information received from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for each high school campus. Each year the Annual Report is presented to the community in a public hearing as part of the January regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It was a bipartisan measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which addressed many of the long-standing concerns with the No Child Left Behind legislation that had been in place since January 2002.

States implement the requirements of Federal education policy via a State Plan. Many aspects of the State Accountability system are designed to meet the requirements of federal regulations. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted its final Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan to the U.S. Department of Education on March 6, 2018. For more information about the State Plan, please visit the Every Student Succeeds Act page on the TEA website.

As a result of HB 22, which was passed into law during the 85th Texas legislative session, the Texas Education Agency was required to develop and implement an A-F State Accountability system for public schools. In this system, campuses and districts are evaluated in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps, and overall. Districts were evaluated with A-F ratings for the first time under this new system in 2018 and campuses were evaluated with A-F ratings for the first time in 2019.

The Texas Education Agency has a variety of resources posted on their website including informational videos about the A-F system.

You can find State Accountability information about Round Rock ISD and each campus by exploring the District Performance Indicators page.

In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3, which required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to increase the rigor of state assessments so that performance standards would clearly indicate students’ college readiness. STAAR tests the content standards of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) at a greater level of depth and complexity than previously, and emphasizes the skills that are needed to be successful in the next grade level or course.

As of 2017, TEA will only provide one Student Report Card each year that summarizes the results of all STAAR tests taken that year. The Student Report Cards are not available until school is closed for summer break; so we encourage families to access the results online through the Texas Assessment Data Portal. 

Texas Assessment Data Portal

 Parents need their students’ unique access code to login to the portal. This code is printed on previous STAAR results and the District posts these codes in Home Access Center (HAC) each spring.

 How to access your student’s STAAR results online 

 The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted some helpful resources for understanding STAAR and student results.

All About the STAAR Test
Helping Your Child Prepare
Understanding Your Child’s Score

The Student Success Initiative (SSI), which was enacted in 1999, established grade advancement requirements for students in grades 5 and 8 who take the STAAR reading and math tests. Students are given up to three attempts to pass each test, typically in April, May, and June.

The SSI requires 5th and 8th grade students to pass both reading and math test to be promoted to the next grade level. A student also may be promoted to the next grade level by the unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction. The goal of the SSI is to support on-grade-level academic achievement for every student.

The Texas Education Agency’s “A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative” is available in both English and in Spanish.

Since the beginning of the STAAR assessment program in 2011-2012, students have been eligible to substitute assessments in place of a corresponding end-of-course (EOC) assessment to meet the student’s assessment graduation requirements. (Texas Administrative Code RULE §101.4002).

In July 2017, the Texas Education Agency amended this rule reflect recent revisions to the ACT and SAT assessments. A wide range of tests from ACT and SAT as well as certain AP, IB, and TSIA assessments that meet college readiness benchmarks or that indicate students are on track to be college ready can be used as substitute assessments. Full list of possible substitution options.

Over the past two school years, some districts across the state have proactively encouraged students to use substitute assessments to meet state accountability and graduation requirements; that is, districts accepted substitute assessment scores in lieu of students participation in STAAR EOCs.  TEA recently received a review from the U.S. Department of Education requiring them to cease this practice (see item 2 in this review summary).

Frequently Asked Questions

If a student is currently enrolled in a course that has a required STAAR EOC exam, can they substitute an assessment?
Yes, it if the student has already taken a substitute assessment and achieved a high enough score (check the Substitute Assessments Standards to be sure) to indicate that they are college ready or on track to be college ready in that subject, then they can substitute that test for the STAAR EOC.

Can students use substitute assessments for all of their required STAAR EOC exams?
No. There is one important limitation. Students may not use substitute assessments for both English I and English II. They must take one of the English STAAR EOC assessments.

If a student has previously failed a required STAAR EOC exam, can they substitute an assessment?
Yes, if the student has already taken the substitute assessment and achieved a high enough score (check the Substitute Assessment Standards to be sure) to indicate that they are college ready or on track to be college ready in that subject, then they can substitute that test at the next administration of STAAR EOC.

How does using substitute assessments impact the student’s school?

Substitute assessments do not count toward student achievement or progress in any domain of the school accountability ratings. As required by the U.S. Department of Education, substitute assessments can only be used to help students meet their STAAR end-of-course exam (EOC) graduation requirements.

 

What is the process for using a substitute assessment to meet graduation requirements?

It is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to provide a copy of the official score report to their school’s campus testing coordinator (CTC) along with the Substitute Assessment Request Form.

Requests must be received at least one week in advance of the STAAR EOC administration window so that the testing coordinator can arrange for an alternative activity on test day and submit the appropriate materials to the Round Rock ISD Assessment Department. The substitution becomes official when the Assessment Department sends the appropriately marked STAAR EOC answer document to the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

STAAR EOC 2019-20 Assessment Windows

Please submit substitute assessment requests by the following dates:

  • December 3, 2019 (for the December 10-13 testing window)
  • March 23, 2020 (for the March 30 – April 21 English I & II testing window)
  • April 28, 2020 (for the May 5-15 Algebra, Biology, & U.S. History testing window)
  • June 16, 2020 (for the June 23-26 testing window)

 

The Texas Education Agency prepares testing calendars a year in advance, but the dates are subject to change. It is advisable to check them periodically for important updates.

TEA Testing Calendars

The Texas English Language Proficiency System measures English Language Learners (ELLs) growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Students receive a rating of beginning, intermediate, advanced, or advanced high in each domain. All ELLs in kindergarten through 12th grade are tested each spring until their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language.

More information about TELPAS

Mission

The Assessment & Accountability Division serves the District by ensuring timely and accurate assessment training, administration, analysis and reporting.

Vision

The Assessment & Accountability Division oversees all training, administration, and reporting for required State Assessments such as STAAR and TELPAS. Our team also supports the administration and reporting of other many other assessments such as SAT, ACT, and CogAT, and ensures the timely upload of local, state, and national assessment data into District data systems.

Contact Us

Dr. Cathy Malerba
Executive Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Executive Assistant: Laura Teran 512-464-5188
Debbie Lewis
Director of Assessment and Accountability
Pam Scarborough
Assistant Director of Assessment and Accountability
Elaine Stutz
Data Analyst
Raymond Snyder
Data Analyst
Jeanne Gonzalez
Testing Specialist
Dee Simpson
Testing Specialist
Erica Simmons
Associate Director, Instructional Data Support
Laura Teran
Executive Assistant