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Student Assessment

Assessment provides valuable information that is used to continuously strive to improve the academic progress of our students. There are two main types of assessment: formative assessment and summative assessment.

Formative assessment happens while learners are still in the process of integrating their new knowledge with what they already know. Feedback is an integral part of formative assessment, giving students immediate information on their learning. Formative assessment also allows teachers to retool their instruction in a timely manner to meet the needs of their students.

Summative assessment is the second main type of assessment. Summative assessment typically takes place at the end of a period of learning and its results are usually for the use of the teacher or the school. Feedback on summative assessment is customarily limited. Students do not generally have the opportunity to be reassessed after a summative assessment.

State Assessments

Beginning in grade 3, students in the state of Texas participate in a state assessment.


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was first implemented in the Spring of 2012. In grades 3 – 8, the following assessments are administered:

Subject 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Reading Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Math Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Writing   Yes     Yes  
Science     Yes     Yes
Social Studies           Yes

At the high school level, the STAAR assessments are 5 subject-specific end-of-course exams:

English I ELA
English II ELA
Algebra I
U.S. History

Assessment Resources


Homeschool PSAT/AP Testing

Homeschool students residing within the Barbers Hill ISD school zone are eligible to sign up and take the PSAT/NMSQT and Advanced Placement Tests.


The annual administration of the PSAT/NMSQT is typically in October. Homeschool students should contact the Academic Dean of Testing at Barbers Hill High School, Charlotte Mitchell, for registration and fee information. The deadline for registration and payment is the second Friday in September.

For more information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT, please visit the College Board Website.

College Board PSAT Information Website

Advanced Placement Tests

AP exams measure the mastery of the content and skills of a specific AP course. These tests are generally offered during the first two weeks of May. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, College Board registration has changed to the Fall semester.  Homeschool students wishing to register for an AP exam should contact the Academic Dean of Testing, Charlotte Mitchell, for registration and exam fee information.  The standard registration deadline is November 1st.  A $40 late fee will be assessed for registration after the standard deadline. 

For more information about AP testing and the AP testing schedule, please visit the College Board website. 

College Board AP Information Website