State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and high school students enrolled in courses associated with an end-of-course exam.STAAR assessments are federally and state mandated assessments in the subjects of reading, math, science, writing and social studies. For a complete list of assessments and the grade levels assigned to take each assessment, click here.Alternate versions of STAAR assessments are available to meet the needs of students with special needs and students who are English language learners. The STAAR Comparison Chart describes the differences between the various assessments.
Beginning with the freshman class of 2011-2012, end-of-course exams will be included in a student's graduation requirements. In addition to completing required coursework, students are required to meet standards on end-of-course exams in order to earn a high school diploma. To learn more about graduation requirements for students receiving special education services, check out http://www.texasassessment.com/graduation_flowchart/ for detailed information.For the 2011-2012 school year, end-of-course exam performance will not be included as 15% of a student's final grade. The Commissioner of Education has provided school district's the option to delay the implementation of the 15% rule for one year. Beginning with the spring 2013 administrations of end-of-course exams, exam performance will count as 15% of a student's final grade.What has happened to TAKS? For the 2011-2012 school year, students in grades 10 and 11 will continue to participate in the TAKS assessments and will not participate in the STAAR assessments. Students in grades 10 and higher as of the 2011-2012 school year will continue to have TAKS as their graduation requirement. Only students in grade 9 or below will have STAAR end-of-course exams included in their graduation requirements. A high school student will not participate in both TAKS and STAAR assessments.
STAAR Information Brochures
- School Board (November 14, 2011)
- Presentation for Grapevine High PTSA (November 7, 2011)
STAAR Bullets (September 23, 2011)
for Parents and Studentsan informational videoprovided by the Region 20Service Center.
En Espanol -- http://bcove.me/z1wwf7ua
Question & Answer Documents
Want to know more about end-of-course performance standards, including cut scores and when they will go into effect? See the End-of-Course Performance Standards question and answer document.
Want to know more about cumulative score requirements for the end-of-course exams? The Graduation Requirements tables list the exams required for each graduation plan and the cumulative end-of-course exam scores needed to graduate under each of the three graduation plans (i.e., Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished Plans).
Frequently asked questions about STAAR, EOC and TELPAS are addressed in the Question & Answer Documents available on TEA's website. Click here for the most recent Q&A document.
Sample Test Items
Can we see this year's test after the administration? The state will not release the test this year, but sample test items for each grade level and subject tested are available on TEA's website. The sample items provide insight into the level of rigor of the items and the depth at which information is tested. Sample items are available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/.
Testing accommodations are available for students who meet certain eligibility criteria. Accommodations resources from the Texas Education Agency are available online: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/.For an overview of recent information on accommodations, please see the latest powerpoint from the Texas Education Agency.
STAAR ModifiedA small group of students with special needs who meet specific qualification criteria as determined by ARD committees may take the STAAR-Modified assessments. More information about STAAR-Modified can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staarm/.
English Language LearnersELL Participation Requirements for STAAR and TAKS (Spring 2012)
Who can I contact for more information about STAAR? If you have questions about the STAAR assessments your child will take, please contact one of the counselors on the campus, the assistant principal or the principal. You may also contact the Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation at email@example.com.