• General STAAR/EOC 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 School - STAAR

    • Grade 3 Reading and Math
    • Grade 4 Reading, Math and Writing
    • Grade 5 Reading, Math and Science

    Middle School - STAAR

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

    High School - STAAR End-of-Course (EOC)

    • Algebra
    • Biology
    • US History
    • English I
    • English II

    Student Performance

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

    • Masters: Masters Grade Level - Shows mastery of the course content -- student is on track for college and career readiness.
    • Meets: Meets Grade Level - Shows strong knowledge of course content -- student is prepared to progress to the next grade. 
    • Approaches: Approaches Grade Level - Shows some knowledge of course content but may be missing critical elements -- student may need additional support in the upcoming year. 
    • Did Not Meet: Did Not Meet Grade Level - Shows a lack of basic understanding of course content -- student needs significant support in the coming year. 

    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 (SSI) 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 pass five EOC assessments English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History .  Students may retest as many times as necessary in a subject area in order to meet this requirement.  

    Student Success Initiative

    The Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8. It was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009. For additional information regarding SSI online. 

    No “Opting Out”

    By law, all students enrolled in Texas public schools are required to be assessed with the appropriate STAAR tests during the designated testing windows.  The Texas Education Code does not provide students and parents an option of not testing.  The district is required to provide test materials to all students in attendance and mark test answer documents as Score if students have the opportunity to complete the test.  Students in grades 5 and 8 who do not pass the reading or mathematics test are subjected to SSI requirements, which includes receiving accelerated instruction and retesting.  Students in other grade levels who fail STAAR are also required to be provided accelerated instruction. 

    Testing Calendar

    The state testing calendar is based on a calendar year, rather than on the academic year.  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.

    April

    • STAAR EOCs: English I; English II
    • STAAR Grades 3-8: Writing 4 & 7; Math 5 & 8; Reading 5 & 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 & 8; Social Studies 8
    • STAAR Retest: Math 5 & 8; Reading 5 & 8

    June

    • STAAR Retest: Math 5 & 8; Reading 5 & 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