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General Information
 
The STAAR program for grades 3-8 assesses students in reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies.  Students taking certain high school courses are assessed through STAAR end-of-course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. history.

Elementary and Middle School Testing

Students in grades 3 through 8 participate in the following STAAR assessments:

  • Grade 3 Reading and Math
  • Grade 4 Reading, Math and Writing
  • Grade 5 Reading, Math and Science
  • Grade 6 Reading and Math
  • Grade 7 Reading, Math and Writing
  • Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies

Student Performance

Scores on STAAR assessments are used to determine levels of performance as follows:

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

Time Limits

A four-hour time limit is in place for STAAR assessments for grades 3-8 as well as EOC exams in Algebra I, biology, and U. S. history.  Students will be allowed five hours to complete EOCs in English I and English II.  Extended time accommodations are available for certain students with unique learning needs. 

Test Versions

STAAR tests are available in Spanish in grades 3 through 5.  Alternative versions of STAAR assessments are available to students for whom a committee (e.g. ARD, LPAC, 504) has determined a need for accommodations not available through regular STAAR assessments. 

Grade Advancement and Graduation Requirements

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.  Students are provided three opportunities to test in the spring and summer.  As one of the requirements for graduation, students must meet the Level II satisfactory standard on all five EOC assessments.  Students may retest as many times as necessary in a subject area in order to meet this requirement.

Testing Calendar

The state testing calendar is based on a calendar year, rather than on the academic year.  The state assessment calendar is available at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/calendars/ .

The following provides an overview of the months when tests are administered.  Please note that these are subject to change and the official state assessment calendar should be consulted for specifics on testing dates.

Late March/Early April

  • STAAR EOCs: English I; English II
  • STAAR Grades 3-8: Writing 4 and 7; Math 5 and 8; Reading 5 and 8

May

  • STAAR EOCs: Algebra I; Biology; U.S. History
  • STAAR Grades 3-8: Math 3, 4, 6, 7; Reading 3, 4, 6, 7; Science 5 and 8; Social Studies 8
  • STAAR Retest: Math 5 and 8; Reading 5 and 8

June

  • STAAR Retest: Math 5 and 8; Reading 5 and 8
  • STAAR EOCs: Algebra I; Biology; English I; English II; U.S. History

December

  • STAAR EOCs: Algebra I; Biology; English I; English II; U.S. History
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