Students in grades 6 through 8 will be participating in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. Students in grades 6 through 8 will be assessed mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies. The STAAR assessment focuses more deeply on content taught during the current year rather than testing knowledge and skills learned over multiple years. The STAAR tests will have a time limit. Unless a student is eligible for an accommodation, each student will have four hours to complete each assessment.
**8th grade students not successful on the March administration of reading and math will retest in May and/or June.
The standards will be phased in over a number of years. Student performance will fall into one of the following categories.
Impact on Grade Placement
The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
STAAR for Unique Student Populations
The Texas Assessment Program is a statewide testing program that includes the STAAR and STAAR Alternate 2. STAAR L and STAAR A were administered for the last time in December 2016; however, the embedded supports that were available on these assessments are now individual embedded online accommodations on STAAR for eligible students. Information about these embedded supports and other accommodations, or Designated Supports can be found on the Accommodation Resources webpage.
STAAR Sample Questions:
For More Information: STAAR Frequently Asked Questions
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