In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). 

The STAAR program includes annual assessments for grades 3-8 in reading and mathematics; assessments in writing at grades 4 and 7; in science at grades 5 and 8; and in social studies at grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History. 

Additional tests include STAAR Alt. 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate.

 

Elementary Testing

Elementary students will participate in the following assessments:

  • Grade 3 Math and Reading
  • Grade 4 Reading, Math, and Writing
  • Grade 5 Reading, Math, and Science

Student Performance

After students have taken a STAAR assessment, they will receive a score indicating their performance.  Students will fall into one of the four categories listed below:

  • Did Not Meet Grade Level Performance
  • Approaches Grade Level Performance
  • Meets Grade Level Performance
  • Masters Grade Level Performance

Time Limits

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for STAAR grades 3-8 assessments.  TEA notes a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test.  The rationale for the time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT and AP examinations.  Extended time accommodations for students unique learning needs will continue to be offered.

Impact of Grade Achievement

The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
 

Middle School Testing

Middle school students will participate in the following assessments:

  • Grade 6 Reading and Math
  • Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing
  • Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies

Student Performance

After students have taken a STAAR assessment, they will receive a score indicating their performance.  Students will fall into one of the four categories listed below:

  • Did Not Meet Grade Level Performance
  • Approaches Grade Level Performance
  • Meets Grade Level Performance
  • Masters Grade Level Performance
     

Time Limits

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for STAAR grades 3-8 assessments.  Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.
 

Impact on Grade Advancement

The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.

High School End-of-Course Testing

Which courses will require an EOC test?

  • Algebra I
  • English I
  • English II
  • Biology
  • U.S. History

Student Performance

After students have taken a STAAR assessment, they will receive a score indicating their performance.  Students will fall into one of the three categories listed below:

  • Did Not Meet Grade Level Performance
  • Approaches Grade Level Performance
  • Meets Grade Level Performance
  • Masters Grade Level Performance

Time Limits

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for STAAR EOC assessments in Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History.  Due to the changes in English I and English II assessments, a five (5) hour time limit was established in 2014.