The Benchmark Assessment department coordinates the development and implementation of the district assessment program, which is designed to measure student attainment of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The assessment team works collaboratively with the Office of Student Learning and teacher review panels to design, review and administer high-quality benchmark assessments. Various forms of district-level assessments are conducted throughout the school year, each serving a different purpose and providing different kinds of information about student performance.
Benchmark assessments are administered at key points in the year and are designed to assess student mastery of curriculum over the given time period including:
- Beginning-of-Year assessments, which are administered in grades 5 and 8 Science and assess students' learning in previous grade levels.
- Middle-of-Year assessments, which are administered in grades 3–8 Reading and Math, grades 4–8 Science, Grade 8 Social Studies and for all high school end-of-course classes. The MOY I is administered following the 11th week of instruction and the MOY II is administered following the 21st week of instruction.
- End-of-Year assessments, which are administered in Grade 2 Reading and Math.