Counselor's Corner

STAAR/EOC Test Reporting Changes

New Testing levels have been determined by the state:

  • Masters Grade Level (Passing) – Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention.
  • Meets Grade Level (Passing) – Performance in this category indicates that students will have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention.
  • Approaches Grade Level (Passing) – Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention.
  • Does Not Meet Grade Level – Performance in this category indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention.

Parents are encouraged to visit the state's website (www.texasassessment.com) to learn more.

Gifted & Talented

Fall 2016 SWTJC Dual Credit Deadlines

Last Day to Apply: August 12th

Last Day to Test: August 18th

First Day of Class: August 22nd

Last Day to Pay Tuition: September 7th

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2016-2017 Testing Dates:

ASVAB: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PSAT: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ACT: September 10th, October 22nd, December 10th, Feb 11th, April 8th, June 10th

Register at www.act.org

SAT: Oct 1st, Nov 5th, Dec 3rd, Jan 21st, March 11th, May 6th and June 3rd (Dates are anticipated only, subject to change)

Utopia will be a testing site for the January, March and May administrations of the SAT. Our testing center number is 42-157.

Register at College Board.

UISD Graduation Plans:

Graduation Toolkit in English

Graduation Toolkit in Spanish

UISD Graduation Plans with Endorsements

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Multi-Disciplinary

Public Service

Arts and Humanities

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College Credit:

There are several courses that students can take to earn college credit. Courses are offered by Southwest Texas Junior College or by University of Texas at Permian Basin and coordinated through the Utopia ISD Counselor. Students must take the Texas Success Initiative Assesment (TSI) Accuplacer before enrolling in dual credit courses. Please see the counselor to register for the test, or see if you are exempt based on STAAR scores.

Financial Aid:

Seniors and parents of seniors, please apply for your FAFSA PIN number and start filling our your income taxes as soon as possible.

Community Scholarships will be posted below as they become available. Please pay close attention to deadlines and start working on essays and letters of recommendation early.