• WISD wants every student to learn and grow. We help district and campus leaders make good decisions by giving them information so that teachers and students can succeed.

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Student Success

      Accelerated Learning

      • Schools have new requirements for ensuring students are achieving learning targets.  Accomplishing this task may impact staffing, master scheduling, and increased use of tutors in schools.  Accelerated instruction was addressed by the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature in House Bill (HB) 4545.


        HB 4545 establishes new requirements for schools implementing accelerated instruction for students who do not pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The new statute requires accelerated instruction to be implemented for students beginning with the 2021–2022 school year.




      • Advanced Placement Exams

      • CIRCLE Testing

      • College Entrance Exams: ACT, SAT, PSAT, and PreACT

      • Credit by Exam

      • Interims

      • Measures of Academic Progress

      • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

      • Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

      • Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System

      • Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2

      Digital Testing

      • If students have a school-issued laptop, they are required to bring that device for testing.  If students have a personal device that is Windows-based, they may bring it for testing.  Students will not be able to use Apple devices or any other device that is not Windows-based.  All devices must be fully charged and ready to begin on testing day. 


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        • Avoid scheduling appointments on testing dates, if possible.
        • Students cannot be checked out while testing.  Testing must be completed before leaving.
        • If a testing day is missed, students will be required to test on a subsequent day(s).
        • Students that do not test or do not meet testing requirements will be placed in HB4545 Acceleration classes as required by the state.
        • STAAR Tests are timed 4-hour tests, while English 1 and English 2 are 5 hours.
        • All STAAR Assessments will be taken in person in an online format.
        • It is very important students bring their district-issued devices fully charged on test day
          • If a student is using a personal computer, it can only be a Microsoft-based machine and the student will need to have the device loaded with the testing application.  See librarians prior to test day.
          • It is important that the district-issued devices have been shut down and restarted within 30 days prior to testing to ensure the machine is fully updated.
          • There is a limited number of extra devices.  If students fail to bring theirs, an alternate test day may be necessary.
        • Students can bring a fiction book to read (No Kindles or E-Readers) at the conclusion of testing.
          • Textbooks, non-fiction books, or homework will not be permitted.
        • For test security purposes, personal electronic devices are prohibited.
          • Music devices, cell phones, smart watches, data storage devices, video games, or cameras will NOT be permitted in the testing rooms.
          • Due to the serious nature of such an offense, if a prohibited device is in use during testing hours, the student will have disciplinary consequences and will be reported to the state as a testing irregularity.
          • WISD will not be responsible for lost or damaged phones. 
        • Students are expected to follow the dress code.
        • No pillows, blankets, or pajamas.
        • Students may bring a bottle of water and quiet snacks.  
        • It is recommended to bring a sack lunch.
          • Students needing to purchase lunch will be escorted to the cafeteria and back to the testing location, which reduces the time to eat.
        • We encourage each student to get a good night’s sleep, eat breakfast, take their time, and do their very best. We have full confidence in each student!

      STAAR Resources

      Testing & Reporting

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