Dallas ISD




Assessments of Course Performance (ACPs) are created in collaboration with Teaching and Learning, and are used each semester in grades K through 12 as part of the student summative evaluation. ACPs are created for courses in mathematics,reading/language arts, science, social studies, English as a second language(ESL), world languages, technology, health and fine arts. Data from the tests are summarized and presented on MyData Portal, for district and campus administrators and individual teachers who use the information to make instructional decisions. ACPs, per Board Policy, are a part of the course and represent 15% of a semester grade in High School and 10% of a semester grade in Middle School. For Elementary School, the ACP  5% of the semester grade for Grades 3-5.ccdd


Secure Links (requires EAD login)vvvv

K2 Teacher`s Rosters (TestCoordinator Only)-

K2 Student Rosters- Course To Test Lookup-

ACP Order Materials Link (I would not include this, add it to commonly used websites)
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Vertical Assessment Overview

Early Learning ACP Blueprint Semester 1  Semester 2

Secondary Courses

ACPSTAAR Calibrations

    Blueprints and Formula Charts




      Test Coordinator Manual Semester 1   Semester2

      Test Coordinator Manual Semester 1   Semester2

      K-2 Administrator Manual (?)


        List forms used or normally on website

          Campus Training PowerPoint

          Sample PowerPoint to Train Campus Staff


          Application Deadlines

          Test Dates    5556789 - TTL

          September 21, 2018 (Grades K-12)

          October 15 - November 2, 2018 (CEFA Grades K-12)

          February 1, 2019 (Grades K-12)

          February 25 - March 29, 2019 (CEFA Grades K-12)

          April 19, 2019 (Grades K-12)

          June 17 - June 21, 2019 (CEFA and CBE Grades K-12)

          May 24, 2019 (Grades K-12)

          July 22 - July 26, 2019 (CEFA and CBE Grades K-12)

          • What is credit by examination?

            Credit by Examination for Acceleration (CEFA) is a means by which high-achieving elementary students may advance one grade level and high-achieving middle and high school students may be awarded course credit(s) for a particular course(s) by taking and passing required test. World language examinations are available for any secondary student who is a native speaker in a foreign language, has traveled or studied in a foreign country, or is currently enrolled in a prerequisite foreign language course.
            Who may apply?
            Students in Grades PreK-12 may apply for examinations with counselor, principal, and parent approval. Students must apply through the school counselor. Applications must be submitted to State and National Assessments. Applications should be scanned and emailed to StateAssessments@dallasisd.org by specified deadlines. School counselors should also order test(s) by going to: http://dallasisd.org/sna
            Which test are administered and what is the cost?
            Examinations for acceleration, developed through Texas Tech University, will be used to assess mastery of the essential elements for students in Grades 1-5, and course credit at Grades 6-12. Pre-Kindergarten students may be accelerated to Grade 1 or a mixed kindergarten/first grade mixed age classroom by a campus committee comprised of the principal, counselor, and classroom teachers(s). There is no cost to Dallas ISD students when testing within the designated testing window. A $45 fee must be paid by the parent/student if the student decides to test outside the posted testing windows.
            What percent mastery must students attain to receive credit?
            To receive course credit, middle school students and high school students must receive 80% mastery. Elementary school students who want acceleration must attain 80% mastery or higher in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Pre-Kindergarten students must show mastery of the Pre-Kindergarten material by scoring at or above the 70th percentile on an appropriate kindergarten norm-reference test. All result(s) will be sent to students` home school within 4-5 weeks after testing.
            Study Guides
            For information on test content or review materials, click here.
            Click the link to download the  CEFA & CBE MANUAL *updated 8-31-18




            Application Forms -  Please select form below based on type of application.

            CEFA Forms 

            CEFA Overview Handout  updated 8-31-18

            CEFA Overview Handout (Spanish) updated 8-31-18

            Elementary Signature Page  updated 8-28-18

            Elementary Signature Page (Spanish)  updated 8-28-18

            CBE Forms

            CBE with Prior Instructions Overview  updated 8-31-18

            CBE with Prior Instructions Signature Page  updated 8-28-18

            CBE Middle & High Signature Page  updated 8-28-18

            CBE Middle & High Signature Page (Spanish)  updated 8-28-18

            CBE with ACP 

            CBE with ACP Overview Handout  updated 8-28-18

            CBEw ACP Signature Page  updated 8-28-18


          Test Information

          Important Phone Numbers

          ACT School Day-12345

          Who: Grade 12

          When: October 2, 2018

          Educator Hotline: 800-553-6244 x2800

          Accommodations: 800-553-6244 x 1788

          Dallas ISD Contact: Kasey Yanna 972-925-8947

          Who: Grade 10 (all) ; Grade 9 and 11 DISD Scholars and AVID, Grade 8 (all- PSAT 8/9)

          When: October 10, 2018 and Oct 15-18 Grade 8 only

          Educator Hotline: 1-888-477-PSAT (7728)

          SSD Hotline: 1-844-255-7728

          Customer Service (parents and students) : 866-433-7728

          Dallas ISD Contact: Kelsey Karcher-972-925-8044;  kkarcher@dallasisd.org

          SAT School Day

          Who: Grade 11

          When: March 6, 2019

          DISD Contact: Kasey Yanna



          Educator Hotline: 1-888-SAT-HELP

          School Day Support: 1-855-373-6387

          Test Administration Services: 1-800-257-5123

          SSD Hotline: 844-255-7728

          Customer Service (parents/students) : 866-756-7346

          Dallas ISD Contact: Kasey Yanna 972-925-8947

          AP Exams

          Who: Per class enrollment in AP course

          When: May 6-17, 2019

          DISD Contact: Kelsey Karcher



          AP Services: 1-877-274-6474

          SSD Hotline: 1-844-255-7728

          ETS Office of Testing Integrity (to report irregularities) : 1-609-406-5427

          Dallas ISD Contact: Kelsey Karcher-972-925-8044

          Common Assessments are six-weeks tests given on the 6th six week of the first, second, fourth and fifth six-weeks period. These assessments are printed, administered and scored on the campus. The Assessment department, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning,develops the tests partly using items from the from the PT STAAR Maker item bank.

          The assessments are scored using the Performance Matters assessment platform.

          August 6, 2018September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018
          2September 24, 2018October 29, 2018 - November 2, 2018
          4December 10, 2018February 19, 2019 - February 22, 2019
          5March 1, 2019

          April 8, 2019 - April 12, 2019


          SIX WEEKS 5:

          3.1.19 Six Weeks 5 Common Assessment Email.pdf

          Common Assessment Secure Link (requires EAD login)

          • Login using your EAD to access blueprints, assessments, and answer keys per grade and subject by each six weeks. 

          Common Assessment Schedule and Suggested Time Limits

           Common Assessment Suggested Time Limits
           Common Assessment Schedule

          Have feedback on a Common Assessment test?

          Registration Deadlines                   Testing Dates
          January 25, 2019                                                   February 2, 2019
          February 8, 2019                                                    February 16, 2019
          How is testing conducted?
          The Test Center will provide norm-referenced reading and mathematics testing with the Stanford 10, Terra Nova or SUPERA for students currently in grades K-11 who apply for admission to the Dallas ISD Magnet Program who do not have norm- or criterion-referenced test scores from the previous school year. Specifically, the services are provided to students who are applying for admission to academy (elementary), vanguard (middle), and magnet high schools who meet the following criteria: students currently enrolled in private, parochial, or other schools, and students currently enrolled in Dallas ISD. 
          How do students apply for testing?
          Parents of non-Dallas ISD enrolled students in grades K-11 and Dallas ISD-enrolled students in grades K-2, and 9-11 must apply for testing through the magnet, vanguard, or academy to which they are applying. All applicants must provide the following information: name, ID number, current grade level, date of birth, current school, parent/guardian phone number, and preferred test date. A list of all applicants (with required information) must be submitted by the vanguards, academies or magnets to fwashing@dallasisd.org or KByers@dallasisd.org by the registration deadline(s). 
          What is the cost?
          Assessment cost for students who live outside Dallas ISD boundaries is $100.00. Payment must be made on the date of testing with a money order or cashier¿s check made payable to Dallas Independent School District. Students must provide valid identification and proof of residency (i.e., electricity bill, utility bill, or telephone bill) prior to testing. 
          Where are the designated testing sites?
          Testing for students in grades K-6 will be at Adelle Turner Elementary and for students in grades 7-10, testing will be at Yvonne A. Ewell Magnet Center. Students should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to the designated site. Testing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and should be completed by noon.
          Dallas ISD enrolled students in Grades K-8 who are applying to the magnet program and do not have spring norm-referenced test scores (ITBS/Logramos) from the previous school year, will be assessed at their home school. Likewise, students applying to Travis, Polk, or Spence (80th percentile campuses) will also be tested at their home school. Parents must submit all applications at the students¿ home schools.
          Visit here for additional information regarding Magnets and Special Programs.

          NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics.  Located within the United States Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NAEP provides a comprehensive measure of students learning at critical junctures in their school experiences. It is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America`s students know and can do in various subject areas.  Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.  In 2014, Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) were added to the subject areas assessed by NAEP.


          Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly across the nation, NAEP results serve as the nation`s report card and a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of students` academic progress over time (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/). 

          Training Videos 

          State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness


          TEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3-8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services

          Click here  for TEA STAAR Alternate 2 Resources 
          TC Resources
          STAAR Alternate 2 FAQs  Updated 3-6-18
          STAAR Alternate 2 Materials Control Form:  Preview  Assessment  Updated 2-2-18
          PowerPoint to Train Campus Staff

          Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

          • The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exit level tests measure examinee mastery of the state-mandated curriculum. The TAKS exit level tests are available in four subject areas: English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies.

            Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) assessments will no longer be administered. Students for whom TAKS is a graduation requirement, including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees, may pursue the following options to receive a Texas high school diploma.

            1. Request a district decision. An examinee should contact the school district where he or she was last enrolled to request a district decision regarding whether the examinee qualifies to graduate and receive a high school diploma. More details about this option can be found in the proposed rule Texas Administrative Code §74.1027. 
            2. Achieve satisfactory performance on an alternate assessment. The alternate assessments allowed for TAKS are SAT, ACT, TSI, and STAAR. Former TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS examinees should take only the appropriate part of the alternate assessment he or she needs to fulfill testing graduation requirements. More information is available in the Texas Administrative Code §101.4003.
            Click here for Additional TAKS information 

          Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System

          TEA designed the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language.


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            TerraNova and SuperaSpanish version of the TerraNova, are normed-referenced achievement measures designed to provide achievement scores that are valid for most types of educational decision-making. The TerraNova will be used to assess English speakers at grades K-2, while the Supera will be used to assess Spanish speakers at the same grade levels. These tests use selected-response items to provide detailed comparative and diagnostic information on students¿ academic progress. 

            Students will be assessed in the following content areas: Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics.  Unlike the ITBS/Logramos where reading and language arts are separate content areas, they are combined on the TerraNova and Supera.  The results compare individual student achievement relative to a nationwide normative group.  In addition, the results can be used for the following purposes:

            • To analyze strengths and weaknesses in student achievement in each content area;
            • To plan for further instruction;
            • To plan for curriculum development; and
            • To report progress to parents.  






            Help Guides

            Online Reporting System Help Guide
            Beyond the Numbers with TerraNova 3
            TerraNova Results Webinar



            FAQs    TerraNova/Supera Frequently Asked Questions



            Pre-Test Workshop Webinar

            Click on the link below to view a pre-test workshop webinar on the TerraNova and Supera presented by DRC.  The webinar will present an overview of TerraNova/Supera, grades to be tested/milestones, the Test Coordinator¿s Manual, and things to do before, during and after testing.  TerraNova Webinar  


            Practice Tests

            The practice tests are designed to introduce students to the mechanics of taking the test and to give the students an idea of the kind of questions they will be asked. The practice tests should take about 40 minutes to administer and should be given a day or two in advance of the actual test.  Schools can order practice materials from the Assessment Service Center (972-925-4430) or directly from DRC.  However, we have a limited quantity on hand.  Click here to DOWNLOAD the TerraNova/Supera practice materials form from DRC. Click here to order practice materials or testing materials from Dallas ISD. 


            TerraNova/Supera Test Coordinator Resources

          Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment


          • The Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA) is administered to all students enrolled in Grade 7 who did not pass STAAR Reading in Grade 6.  All assessments are to be administered by trained reading teachers or trained personnel.  Training was provided during the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA) via Region 10.  As an alternative, Istation is listed among approved instruments by TEA.  



            Beginning of Year

            Administration Deadline:  August 28, 2017- October 6, 2017  (within the first six weeks of school)



            Middle of Year

            Administration Deadline:  January 9, 2018 - February 9,  2018



            End of Year

            Administration Deadline:  April 16, 2018 - May 25, 2018



            TMSFA Handout from 9-15 through 9-19 Meeting 

            Letter to Coordinators 

            Student Progress File 

            TMSFA Powerpoint

            TMSFA Training Link **coming soon

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