Welcome to Assessment

Texas School for the Deaf is committed to complying with rigorous data tracking standards as part of our strategic plan. Our compilation and data analyzation continues to guide our curriculum based decisions and enables us to support effective teacher practices.
 
A variety of effective assessment techniques are routinely and systematically implemented by all instructional personnel as part of a comprehensive school-based assessment and evaluation system:
  • Baseline Assessment (Formative)
  • Diagnostic Assessment (Formative)
  • Progress Monitoring (Formative)
  • Outcomes (Summative)
 
While the Academic Accountability department is primarily responsible for managing outcomes assessments, we also work with department administrators to schedule and track a variety of district-wide assessments, and collaborate with department principals and campus administrators to support campus-wide decision making designed to improve student achievement.
 
OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS:
 
SAT 10:  Stanford Achievement Test Tenth Edition
 
The SAT 10 is a norm-referenced achievement test that allows the Texas School for the Deaf  (TSD) to compare our students' performance with that of other Deaf and hearing students across the country. Students in grades 3 - 12 at TSD take the SAT-10 at their individual instructional levels in the areas of Reading and Math.  Although students at TSD to take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has agreed to recognize the SAT-10 as our accountability assessment with the state.
 
STAAR:  State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness
 
Students tested on the STAAR in grades 3 - 8, are assessed in specific content areas at different grade levels. Each grade level (3 - 8) is assessed on Reading and Math. In addition to this, students in 4th and 7th grades are assessed in Writing, students in 5th and 8th are assessed in Science, and 8th students are assessed in Social Studies.
 
At High School, specific assessments are given to correlate with students enrolled coursework.  The five required End of Course (EOC) exams included are:  English I and English II (which include Reading and Writing), Algebra I, Biology and US History.  
 
STAAR assessments (STAAR and STAAR Alt 2) are designed to reflect more rigor than previous state assessments.  Students receive a  scale score that is linked to a Level I (unsatisfactory), Level II (satisfactory) or Level III (advanced) performance level.  For more information on any of the STAAR assessments, please access the, Statewide Assessment Information, Calendars, and Updates, page to the right.
 
Accelerated Instruction is provided in specific areas of need to all students not receiving a Level II or higher on STAAR assessments. 
 
Both the SAT 10 and the STAAR listed above, are considered outcomes assessments, given to students in grades 3 - 12.  Please refer to other options to the right of this page, including the TSD Comprehensive District-Wide Assessment Plan, Individual Department Calendars (also posted on each department's website) for more information in regards to additional assessments, purposes, score types, etc. given throughout the year at Texas School for the Deaf. You can also find information about the Student Success Initiative (SSI), specifically designed for grades 5 and 8, as well as the Glossary: Accountability/Assessment, which may be useful as you encounter unfamiliar terms related to assessment and scoring. Also, don't miss the Campus Wide Assessment Connection Parent Mail Out that is posted and will be updated periodically throughout the year.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions in regards to outcomes assessments.  For questions regarding Baseline, Diagnostic and Progress Monitoring assessments, please contact your son or daughter's teacher or department principal.
 
Sincerely,
 
Donna Altuna 
Phone: 512-462-5499
 
Raul Lozano, Jr. 
512-410-1161 (VP)