Texas Assessment Program - Overview

Texas State Assessment Program
Statewide assessment of Texas students began in the 1980-1981 school year. The state assessment program has evolved several times since then. Current state assessments are required for all students in grades 3-8 and for specified high school courses. The Texas student assessment program is designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade or course level.
Under federal mandates, students with severe cognitive disabilities and students with limited English proficiency now participate in testing on grade level curriculum. Students meeting very specific cognitive criteria (approximately 1% of students) are eligible to be given an alternative form of the test, which still ties back to the grade level curriculum. In addition to testing on grade level curriculum, students with limited English proficiency are also assessed annually to measure their progress in attaining English proficiency.