The purpose of this website is to provide the most current information for the new Texas Assessment Program, STAAR. STAAR replaces the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills or TAKS for students in third through eighth grade. Students who are first time 9th graders will take STAAR End of Course Exams or EOC. TAKS will be phased out with 10th, 11th, and 12 graders taking this assessment.
This video was created by Region 13. This video is a great overview of STAAR! (click to view)
Calendars for the 2012 and 2013 school year are posted on the Texas Education Agency website. (click to view)
Texas Assessment Program for 2012
|Enrolled Grade||Assessment Program||Subjects Assessed|
|3rd Grade||STAAR||Reading and Math|
|4th Grade||STAAR||Reading, Math and Writing|
|5th Grade||STAAR||Reading, Math and Science|
|6th Grade ||STAAR||Reading and Math|
|7th Grade||STAAR||Reading, Math and Writing|
|8th Grade||STAAR||Reading, Math and Science|
|9th Grade||STAAR EOC||Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, World Geography, World History, and U.S. History|
|10th Grade||TAKS||English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies|
|11th Grade||TAKS Exit Level||English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies|
|12th Grade||TAKS Exit Level Retest||English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for tests not passed|
There will be three levels of proficiency on all STAAR exams:
Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
Level III: Advance Academic Performance
Resources on Performance Standandards:
End of Course Exams (EOC)
Students will receive a cumulative score combining the all the EOC scores for Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. In order to graduate, students must reach or exceed the cumulative score target, which is based on the Level II performance standard for each content area. The specific cumulative score target for each student will vary depending upon the student’s graduation plan and when they started taking high school courses in Texas. For many students who begin taking STAAR EOC assessments in 2012 or 2013, the cumulative score target will be 10500 for mathematics, science, and social studies. This cumulative score is based on 3500, the phase-in 1 performance standard for Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance, for each of the three tests within the content areas. However, the cumulative score target is 11250 for English. Students may retake EOC exams to increase their cumulative sore.
EOC Phase in of Standards
SinceSTAAR is more rigorous, the Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance passingstandard will be phased in over a three year period. The recommended Level II passing standardwill take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.
EOC Post Secondary Readiness
Postsecondary Readiness is thelevel of preparation a student must attain in English Language Arts andMathematics courses to enroll and succeed, without remediation, in an entrylevel general education college course. Postsecondary Readiness will be measured when students take Algebra IIand English II. Postsecondary readinessis not an “all or nothing” status that students achieve at a certain level oftest performance. Students may have varying degrees of postsecondary readinessbased upon the level of performance on the test. For example, students whoachieve Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance are sufficientlyprepared for postsecondary success. Similarly, students who achieve LevelIII: Advanced Academic Performance are well prepared for postsecondarysuccess. EOC Minimum Scores
Minimumscores were set below the respective Level II cut scores. This standard will count toward a student’scumulative, but is not a passing score.
There will be a 4 hour time limit for all STAAR Assessments.
4 hours begins after all directions have been read
4 hours includes breaks to go the the restroom and to drink water
4 hours does not include visits to the nurse, lunch, or moving to another testing area
Students must bubble their answers before the end of the 4 hours
Test administrator will communicate, in writing or orally, time remaining in 1 hour intervals
For more information on time limits for STAAR visit the Texas Education Agency website. (click here to view) Click the Time Limits Policies and Procedures link.
TAKS Graduation requirements have remained unchanged. Students are required to pass each of thier TAKS assessments and complete the courses and earn credits as outlined in their graduation plan.