Reporting of STAAR 3-8 March/May Scores 
    The Texas Education Agency postponed the release of STAAR 3-8 scores for assessments taken during the spring testing administrations due to reporting issues with the testing vendor, ETS. All scores have now been received in-district and mailed to parents/guardians through the US Postal Service. Scores should be received no later than July 22, 2016. All returned mail will be sent to the 2016-2017 campus of the student. If you do not receive your child's scores, please contact your child's campus when school resumes.  
    HB 2349
    Students entering CISD from out-of-state, a homeschool, or from a private school will only take a STAAR EOC for a course in which they are enrolled in at CISD. For example, a student earned high school credit for Algebra I, Biology, and English I as a freshman in a private school, homeschool, or in a different state and enters CISD as a sophomore. The student is taking English II in CISD. The student will only take the STAAR EOC for English II. S/he will not have to take the STAAR EOCs for Algebra I, English I, or Biology. 
    SB 149
    In a letter written by the Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, he notes "immediate and significant changes to the state's graduation requirements." SB 149 provides a learner who has failed no more than two of the five EOC assessments (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History) an opportunity to graduate by way of an Individual Graduation Committee (IGC).
    This link provides information regarding SB 149.

    HB 2694/SB 1365

    Credit for a Subject: HB 2694/SB 1365 states, "A student in any of Grades 6-12 must be given credit for an academic subject in which he or she has had no prior instruction if the student scores":

    (A) a three or higher on a College Board advanced placement examination,
    (B) * a scaled score of 50 or higher on an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or
    (C) 80% on any other criterion-referenced test.
    Each of the above exams must be approved "by the school district board of trustees for the applicable course."
    * CISD does not provide CLEP testing.
    EOC Waiver Based on a Substitute Exam Score: Per HB 2694/SB 1365, if a learner is given credit for a course based on a substitute exam (See Credit for a Subject above.), the learner is not required to take the corresponding EOC. Please see Figure: 19 TAC §101.4002(b) for a list of substitute exams and qualifying scores.
    No substitute exam taken prior to the first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year (August 26, 2013) may be used to substitute for an EOC. An approved substitute assessment may be used in place of only one specific EOC assessment.

    Passing Rate of Credit by Exam (CBE) without Prior Instruction:  HB 2694/SB 1365 lowered the passing rate of a CBE without Prior Instruction from the 90th percentile to the 80th.

    Credit by Exam Attempts:  HB 2694/SB 1365 states the following:
    • A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times.
    • If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that course in accordance with the school district's prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit. 
    Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Subject-Related EOCs:  HB 2694/SB 1365 mandates that CBEs for acceleration in a subject tested by an EOC must be externally validated. Currently, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University are in the external validation process. Therefore, CBEs for subjects tested by an EOC (Algebra I, English I, English II, U. S. History, and Biology) may only be taken, at this time, for credit recovery. CISD will monitor the websites of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University to determine when the CBEs for EOC related courses may once again be offered for acceleration.
    For the complete text of HB 2694/SB 1365, please refer to the text of adopted amendment to 19 TAC, Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C Other Provisions, 74.24 Credit by Examination.


    STAAR Results:  STAAR tests previously administered are routinely released by the state and published on the Texas Education Agency's website. If you would like more information on the types of questions included on a STAAR assessment, please download the tests and review the questions.

    Student Success Initiative:  Special Note for Parents of 5th and 8th Grade Students - The State of Texas has mandated the Student Success Initiative (SSI), which requires students in grades 5 and 8 to "pass" the reading and math state assessments in order to be promoted to the next grade level. This includes English language learners. The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was enacted by the 76th Legislature in 1999 to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support needed to be academically successful in reading and math. A 5th or 8th grade learner can only advance to the next grade level by passing the reading and math STAAR tests or, after three attempts to pass the tests, with a unanimous decision of the Grade Placement Committee (GPC). Please see the state testing calendar for testing dates. (Note: 8th grade students enrolled in Algebra I are not subject to SSI requirements for math because they do not take the 8th grade math STAAR, but they are subject to SSI requirements for reading because they take the 8th grade reading STAAR.)

                Student Success Initiative Brochure (English)


    STAAR End-of-Course Graduation Requirements:  Parents of students in middle and high school, please visit the STAAR web page to learn about the state testing requirements for graduation. Many students will take high school courses in middle school and will be required to participate in the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams while in middle school in order to earn a diploma.   

    Middle School Math Acceleration:  Math Acceleration testing for students entering 6th grade and wishing to enroll in 7th grade accelerated math or students entering 7th grade and wishing to enter Algebra I is available. Registration deadlines and testing dates are located on the district testing calendar. The registration form may be accessed through the menu on this page. 

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    • Assessment quality is more important than quantity.
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    • Assessment is aligned and integrated with curriculum.
    • Assessment is essential for learner and educator accountability.
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    • Grades communicate student achievement relative to standards.
    • Grades clearly reflect a learner's growth rather than average performance.
    • Behavior and academic achievement are reported separately.

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