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STAAR Grades 6 - 8

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STAARBeginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).  Students in grades 6 through 8 in school year 2011-2012 will be participating in the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. Students in grades 6 through 8 will be assessed in the same subjects that were assessed in TAKS. 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 contains more test questions at each grade level.  Also, for the first time since the state began its standardized testing program, the tests will have a time limit.  Unless a student is eligible for an accommodation, each student will have four hours to complete each assessment.





Schedule of Testing for Grades 6 - 8

STAAR Assessments By Grade
Social Studies
Grade 6
May 9
May 10
Grade 7
May 9
May 10
March 29
Grade 8
March 29
March 30
May 11
May 12
Grade 8 May Retest
May 9
May 10
Grade 8 June Retest
June 21
June 22
High School Core Courses Will be assessed in STAAR-EOC (Click Here)

**8th grade students not successful on April the administration of reading and math will retest in May and/or June.

How will STAAR performance be measured and reported?

The standards will be phased in over a number of years.  The Phase-In 1 standard applies to the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years.  As currently proposed, the Phase-In 2 standard is expected to be applied in 2014-2015 school year followed by the final standard two years later. Student performance will fall into one of three categories. 

Level I
Level II
Level III
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Satisfactory Academic Performance

Students who meet this standard are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course. These students are on track to be sufficiently prepared for college courses.

Advanced Academic Performance

Students who meet this standard are well prepared for the next grade or course. These students are on track to be well prepared for college courses.


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 STAAR is available in a variety of formats to serve students who are in the general education program, the special education program or who are English language learners (ELL). See Comparison Chart (PDF). (Available soon from TEA)

  • STAAR – Regular STAAR assessment for students in the general education program
  • STAAR Spanish: For English Language Learners in grades 3-5 for whom a Spanish version is the most appropriate assessment
  • STAAR L: For English Language Learners who require a linguistically accommodated STAAR
  • STAAR Modified:  For students receiving special education services who have a disability that significantly affects academic progress
  • STAAR Alternate: For students receiving special education services who have a significant cognitive disability

STAAR Sample Questions:

Grade 6:

Reading | Mathematics

Grade 7:

Reading | Mathematics | Writing

Grade 8:

Reading | Mathematics | Science | Social Studies

For More Information:  STAAR Frequently Asked Questions

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