The transition from TAKS to STAAR testing in the areas of preparation, administration and reporting was helped along last year with the aid of new Executive Director of Testing and Accountability Stacy Guzzetta Daugherty, Ph.D.
An alumna of Friendswood High School, Daugherty was really returning to FISD for a second time. From 1999 to 2002, she taught math at FHS. Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus were some of the classes she was given to teach.
Assessment and evaluation were her new choices for work and she soon was involved in both at Spring ISD, Galena Park ISD and finally Klein ISD where she served as Director of Assessment and Accountability.
“It was time to be closer to home,” Daugherty said. “We have two children and their cousins and grandparents are in Friendswood. They have not had a testing and accountability person so it was a challenge to be here and see what I can do to help all children in the district, two of which are mine.”
With her first year completed, Daugherty can look back and see how important her new role is to the district of 6200 students.
She provided leadership in understanding and communicating components of the redesigned state accountability program along with the federal accountability systems. She also provided local assessments, surveys, and the summarization of important data. Her work extended to School Board members, administrative staff, teachers, students and parents.
She determined what children need to learn to be successful on tests by studying data from previous tests which not only helps the child but better prepares the teachers too.
“There are over 40 campuses in Klein ISD while in FISD I work with 5 campuses. I can work so much closer with teachers here with fewer buildings. This is a plus, “ Daugherty said.
Prior to test taking dates, Daugherty studies rules and regulations that come with testing and how it will impact special groups such as English language learners and Special Education students. Following a testing period, Daugherty works with the dissection of information and helping teachers and students to understand testing scores and other such data. She also helps translate impact of new legislation such as House Bill 5.
Daugherty earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University, her MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Houston. She also has an MEd. In Educational Leadership from Lamar University and is certified in Secondary Mathematics and Secondary History along with having her Principal Certification.