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Assessment and Accountablity

Opening day of school at Dabbs Elementary, 2004

Analyze data for the purpose of assessing the effectiveness of DPISD curriculum and instruction; the data comes from local benchmarks and state assessments; the preparation and scanning of the local benchmarks are done in this office. The state data is used to determine the state accountability ratings and the federal accountability ratings—the state accountability system is AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System); the federal accountability system is AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) under NCLB (No Child Left Behind)

State Assessments

  • TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)—this assessment is the cornerstone of the state accountability system; grades 3-11 are assessed in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (Math is tested in grades 3-11; Reading is tested in grades 3-9; Writing is tested in grades 4 and 7; ELA (English Language Arts) is tested grades 10 and 11; Science is tested in grades 5, 10, 11 and 8 (in 2005-2006); Social Studies in grades 8, 10, and 11)
  • RPTE (Reading Proficiency Test in English)—this test is given in grades 3-12 for the purpose of assessing the acquisition of the English language by the LEP (Limited English Proficient) students
  • SDAA II (State Developed Alternative Assessment)—this assessment is given to special education students for whom the TAKS is not appropriate in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

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