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The STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) is given to students in grades 3-8 and students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, English I and II, U.S. History, and Biology.
STAAR measures college readiness
STAAR is administered in grades 3-11
STAAR includes 5 end-of-course assessments

Tests Given

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, Social Studies
High School - End of Course STAAR Exams:  Algebra I, English I, English II, U.S. History, Biology

Purpose of the Test

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.

Student Performance

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) performance standards directly relate levels of test performance to what students are expected to learn as defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). This is done by establishing cut scores that distinguish between performance levels for an assessment and classify students into an appropriate performance category.
For the general STAAR assessments, STAAR Spanish and STAAR L, the labels for the performance categories are:
  • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
  • Level II:  Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level I:   Unsatisfactory
Understanding STAAR Progress Measure: English  |   Spanish

Time Limits 

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR Eco assessments in Algebra I, Biology and US History. There is a (5) hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the tests. The rationale for 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 with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.

Impact on Grade Advancement

Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8.
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. This effort depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working in partnership to meet individual student needs.
Student Success Initiative Brochure:  English | Spanish