Assessments & Accountability

Student Success

Waxahachie ISD wants every student and parent to gain knowledge and understanding with the state and federal accountability system on how Waxahachie ISD performs at each level.

Our goal is to have every student grow academically.  Data is collected with various assessments to help ensure each student is successful academically.


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CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System (PreK)
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System is a standardized, criterion-referenced measure that enables a teacher to quickly assess a child's progress in a particular skill area.
The CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System provides teachers immediate feedback that shows children's progress in:
  • Language & Communication
  • Emergent Literacy: Reading
  • Emergent Literacy: Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Social and Emotional Development
Teachers use information from the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System to inform instructional decision-making for small group and individual lesson planning.
Credit by Exam (CBE)
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)


Waxahachie ISD will administer the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress for Growth, or MAP Growth, assessments as part of a comprehensive assessment system.  NWEA MAP Growth is a nationally normed, standardized achievement test that measures what learners know and informs what they are ready to learn next by using a computer adaptive test that adjusts to the ability and knowledge of the learner.  Your child's educator will use individual needs and help him/her progress in the assessed area.  Because the assessment is a growth measure, it can track the growth of the learner between testing events and over multiple years of testing.


All learners in grades K-12 will be evaluated using NWEA MAP Growth assessments in math and reading.  Grades 3-8 will also take NWEA MAP science assessments.  Please check with your child's campus for dates.


For more information about NWEA and the MAP Growth assessments, visit the following websites:

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program includes the following yearly tests:
  • Reading and math, grades 3-8
  • Reading Language Arts exam, grades 4 and 7
  • Science, grades 5 and 8
  • Social studies, grade 8
  • End-of-Course (EOC) tests for English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and US History
For more information, please visit the TEA Assessment site.
STAAR Alternate 2
STAAR Alternate 2 is an assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who meet eligibility requirements.  STAAR Alternate 2 is a paper-base assessment administered for:
  • grades 3-8 mathematics,
  • grades 3-8 reading,
  • grades 5 and 8 science,
  • grade 8 social studies, and
  • End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and US History. 
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

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.  Visit the TEA website for testing information.  


Request a District Decision

A former student should contact the school district where he or she was last enrolled to request a district decision regarding whether he or she qualifies to graduate and receive a high school diploma. More information about this option can be found in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 74.1027.


If you have questions about TAC §74.1027, please contact the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division at (512) 463-9581 or email TEA Curriculum.


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 about this option can be found in TAC 101.4003.


If you have questions about TAC §101.4003, contact the Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536 or via email.  

Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)assesses the progress of learning the English language for our limited English proficient students.  Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to take this assessment.  Results from the test help instructors to better serve the academic needs of students.    The TELPAS measures the English language proficiency of English learners (ELs) in kindergarten through grade 12 in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and is a required assessment of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  More information may be found on the TEA website.
TELPAS Assessment
  • February 21- April 1
  • grades K-12
  • listening, speaking, reading, writing
TELPAS Alternate
TELPAS Alternate is designed to measure the English language proficiency of English learners (ELs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities who cannot participate in the general TELPAS assessment, even with allowable accommodations in grades 2-12.
TELPAS Alternate is a holistic inventory aligned to the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs); however, TELPAS Alternate is based on alternate proficiency level descriptors (PLDs) that were created to address the specific access needs of this student population.  As with TELPAS, students assessed with TELPAS Alternate will be assessed in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
TELPAS Alternate Assessment
  • February 21 - April 1
  • Grades 2-12
  • listening, speaking, reading, writing
Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2 (TSIA2)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSIA2) is a college readiness exam created by the College Board to meet the requirements established by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  TSIA2 assessments align with the Texas College and Career Readiness standards and evaluates students' skills and college readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. The TSIA2 can also be utilized to determine if a student qualifies for Dual Credit courses.
Dual Credit Eligibility
In order to meet the eligibility requirements of our higher institution partner and to establish that our students are qualified to perform entry-level college course work.
  • Students taking TSIA2 to enroll in a WHS Dual Credit course may take each test section free of charge two times.
  • If a student does not meet the passing requirements the first time, he/she may take the TSIA2 one additional time free of charge.  It is recommended for students to use the tutorial platform n Apex as well as the results from TSIA to help prepare before taking TSIA2 a second time.
  • Students needing a 3rd attempt may contact their school counselor for testing options including information for remediation.
  • WHS/Global may give TSIA2 testing opportunities to students free of charge for students enrolled in English II/III and Algebra II.