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STAAR State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) 

 
What is STAAR?
STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, which is the state's student testing program.  The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which are the state curriculum standards.  Beginning in grade 3 through high school graduation, students will be tested in the core subject areas of reading, writing,mathematics, science and social studies.

Enrolled Grade    Subjects Assessed with STAAR
Grade 3Reading and Mathematics (both available in English and Spanish)
Grade 4      Reading, Mathematics and Writing (all available in English and Spanish)
Grade 5      Reading*, Mathematics* and Science (all available in English and Spanish)
Grade 6      Reading and Mathematics      
Grade 7      Reading, Mathematics and Writing
Grade 8  Reading*, Mathematics*, Science and Social Studies
Grade 9Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and U.S. History - for students enrolled in each course
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12   
Out of SchoolTAKS English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies - retesters only

 
*Subject to SSI requirements.    
 
What is the purpose of STAAR and standardized testing? 
STAAR tests show whether a student has mastered specific knowledge of a core subject at a certain grade level.  Test results should provide parents assurance that their child is prepared to enter the next grade level within their school district or any Texas district.  Finally, the results provide educators and administrators with uniform information about where to focus resources - especially in the core subjects being taught.
 
Who takes STAAR EOC?  
 Students enrolled in an EOC course will take the STAAR EOC assessment at the conclusion of the course.  If a student enrolled in grade 8 or below is taking a course for which there is a STAAR EOC assessment, the student will take the applicable EOC assessment.  STAAR EOC is offered in the spring, summer and winter.  To meet state graduation requirements, students will retake STAAR EOC until a passing score is achieved.
 
When do we receive STAAR Results?
Confidential Student Reports (CSRs) are sent home to parents following each test administration, usually near the end of the school year for spring assessments.   Parents will be notified when these results are available.
 
Results from June STAAR for grades 5 & 8 are usually shared with parents in mid-July.  Results from June STAAR EOC will be shared with students the first week of school in August.  Results from December tests are usually available in late January. 
 
Parents and students can also access results for state assessments through the online Student Portal.  You will need the unique access code that is provided on the bottom of any Confidential Student Report (CSR).  Refer to any CSR from a previous school year to find the unique access code.  Keep this unique access code available and check the website for the latest test results as well as test results from previous school years.
 
Please contact your home campus with any questions regarding assessment results.
 
What assessments are available for students receiving special services?
STAAR Alternate 2 assessments are available for  students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet the eligibility requirements.  For more information, refer to the special education assessments webpage.
 
What assessments are available for English language learners?
The general version of STAAR is available with accommodations for students who meet eligibility requirements.  STAAR is also available in Spanish in grades 3-5.  
All students identified as Limited English Proficient will be assessed with the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).  TELPAS includes reading, writing, speaking and listening components.
 
What assessments are available for students receiving services for dyslexia?
Students identified with dyslexia and served by Section 504 may be eligible for STAAR with accommodations.  Learn more.  
 
Where can I get information about accommodations?
Accommodations resources are available from TEA. 
 
Where can I get more information?
 For further information about the STAAR program, visit the Texas Education Agency's website. 
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