Here are some common questions about the STAAR test.
1. What is the STAAR test? The STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Students take the STAAR test in grades 3 through 8 and then take the STAAR End-of-Couse exams in high school.
2. Which subjects are tested? Grade 3 takes reading and math; grade 4 takes reading, math, and writing; grade 5 takes reading, math, and science; grade 6 takes reading and math; grade 7 takes reading, math, and writing; and 8th grade takes reading, math, science, and social studies. To graduate, students must take and pass the End-of-Course (EOC) exams in English I, English II, Algebra, Biology, and US History. Some students will start their EOC exams in middle school (likely Algebra).
3. Do students have to pass the STAAR to be promoted to the next grade? Students in 5th and 8th grade must pass the reading and math STAAR tests for promotion to 6th and 9th grade. Students must pass all of the EOC exams in high school before they can graduate. For these tests, students can retake the test if they don't pass; however, all of the other grades do not have retest opportunities.
4. What happens if a student doesn't pass the STAAR test? Students are generally placed in intervention class the following school year; this means that they lose an elective choice.
5. Is there a way to opt-out of the STAAR test? No, there is no State sanctioned way to opt-out of the STAAR test. You will see things on social media that say you can, but that is not true. If you're student does not take the STAAR test, they may be placed in intervention and/or held from promotion and graduation.