State & Local Testing Information
The Mansfield ISD Assessment Program includes both state-mandated and locally–developed assessments. The following is a description of each of these tests.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program was implemented in spring 2012. The following is a list of assessments that are given annually:
- 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 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) includes the following assessment programs: STAAR, STAAR Spanish, and STAAR Alternate 2.
STAAR Grades 3-8
- Assessments by Grade Level
- Resources for Parents & Students
- Assessment Resources for Teachers and Administrators
STAAR End-of-Course Assessments
Given to students enrolled in the following courses.
- English I
- English II
- Algebra I
- U.S. History
Students are required to meet the passing standard on at least three EOC assessments in order to meet testing requirements for graduation. Beginning in Spring 2016, STAAR English III and Algebra II will be available for districts to administer as optional assessments.
Updates to the STAAR A and STAAR L Assessment Programs
- STAAR A and STAAR L are being phased out after the December 2016 test administration. In their place will be the STAAR exam with additional supports such as Text-to-Speech, Content Supports, and Language and Vocabulary Supports for students who meet the eligibility requirements. To learn more about the changes to the STAAR A and STAAR L assessment programs, please select the following links:
STAAR Alternate 2
- STAAR Alternate 2 is an assessment that is appropriate for students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) assess the progress that Limited English Proficient (LEP) students make in acquiring the English language. The assessment consists of four domains: listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
In 2014, Mansfield ISD began administering Curriculum Based Assessments (CBAs) district wide at the elementary, intermediate, and middle school levels. CBAs are common formative assessments designed to gather evidence of student learning. These tests have been developed within the Mansfield ISD Curriculum & Instruction Department and are given throughout the school year as a way to assess students’ mastery of the curriculum. As part of a balanced assessment program, CBAs provide teachers and students with diagnostic information to help guide the learning process. During the past two years of implementation, the MISD’s Curriculum and Instruction staff members have used the results from these assessments to monitor the implementation of the curriculum, provide feedback to teachers regarding instructional practice, and to assess student learning. Information obtained from locally-developed tests is also used to set campus goals and to plan appropriate learning activities that meet the needs of individual students.