DRA 2 plus (Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd edition) (Grades K-2)
The DRA2 is a research based assessment utilized by PGISD to determine students' independent reading levels. PGISD uses this tool as an ongoing assessment to inform instruction. It enables teachers to systematically observe, record, and evaluate changes in student reading performance levels. The DRA2 is adminstered three times a year for grades K-2.
STAAR: State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness
STAAR replaced the TAKS in the spring of 2012. The STAAR program at grades 3-8 assess the subjects listed below:
Grade 3 Reading and Math (English and Spanish)
Grade 4 Reading, Math, and Writing (English and Spanish)
*Grade 5 Reading, Math, and Science (English and Spanish)
Grade 6 Reading and Math (English and Spanish)
Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing (English and Spanish)
*Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies
*SSI-Student Success Inititative:
Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, SSI grade advancement requirements apply to the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8.
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
Grade 9- Algebra 1, English I, Biolgoy
Grade 10- English II
Grade 11- U.S. History
An alternative assessment based on alternative academic achievement standards and is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet the participation requrements for the same grades and subjects stated above.
(Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System)
This testing system consists of reading tests and holistically rated assessments of listening, speaking, reading (K-12), and writing. TELPAS is designed to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language.
-Visit the ESL page for more detail
CREDIT BY EXAM:
The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created by the College Board in 1955 to provide students with a college-level work in high school. There are currently 37 Advanced Placement Exams across 22 subjects offered during May of each year. Students may earn college credit for their AP exam scores. By taking AP course, students can...
- Get a head start on college
- Improve their writing skills and sharpen their problem solving
- Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work
- Study subjects in greater depth and complexity
AP Courses offered at PGISD:
For more information visit or contact:
Brandy Eldgridge, PGHS Assistant Principal 903-832-8005
LouAnn Smith, PGHS Counselor 903-832-8005
LOCALLY DEVELOPED ASSESSMENTS (LDAs):
This is a district level examination created by designated grade level assessment writers to monitor mastery of TEKS covered in each unit of study. Staff members working on the LDAs utilize the DMAC assessment generator as well as the assessment generator in TEKS resource system and the unit exams availiable in the TEKS resource system. Distircts may adminster benchmark exams (usually consisting of released STAAR exams) no more than two times per school year. Teachers use the ongoing data analysis to make curriculuar and/or instructional changes to meet the needs of each learner.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is charged with assessing public school students on how well students have mastered the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). One of two academic ratings is assigned to every district and campus: Met Standard or Improvement Required.
The ratings are based on a system that uses a range of indicators to provide greater detail about the performance of a district and individual campuses. The performance index framework includes 4 areas or indicies:
*Student Achievement- provides a snapshot or performance across all subjects
*Student Progress- Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group
*Closing Performance Gaps- Emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups
*Postsecondary Readiness- Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs or the military
PGISD and all four campuses (PGES, PGIS, PGMS, PGHS) were rated "Met Standard" in all applicable indicies, with District and campus scores well above state targets.