Local Assessment’s goal is to provide reliable and valid assessments which will enable teachers to obtain information to inform instructional improvement and student learning. Local Assessment supervises the creation, distribution, training, scanning, scoring and data reporting of valid and reliable assessments aligned to the Dallas ISD curriculum or the state’s curriculum standards called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Local Assessment’s main work is to provide Assessments of Course Performance (ACPs) to serve as end-of-semester tests for schools. Local Assessment also creates the common assessments for STAAR grades and subjects for six weeks 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Visit the Local Assessment Site
Assessment of Course Performance
Assessments of Course Performance (ACPs) are created in collaboration with Teaching and Learning, and are used each semester in grades K through 12 as part of the students’ summative evaluation. ACPs are created for courses in mathematics, reading/language arts, science, social studies, English as a second language (ESL), world languages, technology, health and fine arts. Data from the tests are summarized and presented on MyData Portal, for district and campus administrators and individual teachers who use the information to make instructional decisions. ACPs, per Board Policy, are a part of the course and represent 15% of a semester grade in High School and 10% of a semester grade in Middle School. For Elementary School, the ACP represents 5% of the semester grade for Grades 3-5.
Common Assessment are six-weeks tests given on the 5th six week of the first, second, fourth and fifth six-weeks period. These assessments are printed, administered and scored on the campus. Local Assessment, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning, develops the tests partly using items from the Teacher Resources System item bank.
Local Assessment Main Number:
Aaron Ware, Ph.D.
Director, Local Assessment
Kathy Williams-Palmer, MSAE
Manager, Test Development
Sandi Smart, MS
Manager, Data Analysis and Assessment Support
Manager, Assessment Software Development