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State Assessment

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-A, STAAR-L, and STAAR Alt. 2.

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:

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


  • Level I:     Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level II:    Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level III:   Advance Academic Performance

Time Limits:

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both 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

Middles 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:

Once 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:


  • Level I:     Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level II:    Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level III:   Advance Academic 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:

Once 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:


  • Level I:     Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level II:    Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level III:   Advance Academic Performance

Testing Timelines:


  • 1st Testing Administration:                Spring (April and May)
  • 2nd Testing Opportunity:                    Summer (July)
  • 3rd Testing Opportunity:                    Fall (December)

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 2013-2014.

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