State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness


Welcome Parents!
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.  

Website Contents
Testing Calendars               New State 2012 Testing Program              Performance Standards     
End of Course                       Time Limits                                                    Helpful Links

Introductory Video
This video was created by Region 13.  This video is a great overview of STAAR!  (click to view)
Testing Calendars
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 GradeAssessment ProgramSubjects Assessed
3rd GradeSTAARReading and Math
4th GradeSTAARReading, Math and Writing
5th GradeSTAARReading, Math and Science
6th Grade STAARReading and Math
7th GradeSTAARReading, Math and Writing
8th GradeSTAARReading, Math and Science
9th GradeSTAAR EOCAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, World Geography, World History, and U.S. History
10th GradeTAKSEnglish Language Arts, Mathematics, Science,  and Social Studies
11th GradeTAKS Exit LevelEnglish Language Arts, Mathematics, Science,  and Social Studies
12th GradeTAKS Exit Level RetestEnglish Language Arts, Mathematics, Science,  and Social Studies for tests not passed
Performance Standards
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:
Region 13 Video (click to view)
Texas Education Agency News  (click to view)
TEA STAAR Resources (click to view)
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. 

Time Limits
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. 
Students who were first time freshman in 2011-2012 will be required to meet STAAR graduation requirements.  Students will be required to take the End of Course Assessments (reference above) and meet the cumulative score (referenced above) for their graduation plan.
Helpful Links