Wells STAAR Highlights
Who? All public school students in Texas, grades 3–12, take State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests.
What? STAAR is the state’s testing program and is based on state curriculum standards in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. STAAR tests for grades 3-8 assessments are offered online (or paper in unique situations).
When? Grades 3–8 STAAR tests are given in the spring. The number of tests your child takes each year will depend on what grade he or she is in. Most students will have two to four testing days during the school year.
Where? STAAR tests are given to students at their own school, in regular classrooms that have been set up to make it easy to focus on the test. If students have certain special needs and require special accommodations, they may be tested in a different area of the school.
Why? STAAR tests are designed to measure what students are learning in each grade. The goal is to ensure that all students receive instructionally what they need to be academically successful. Meeting these individual student needs depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working together.
2023 STAAR Dates
- April 18 - 4th-5th Grade Reading
- April 19 - 3rd Grade Reading
- April 27 - 5th Grade Science
- May 3 - 4th-5th Grade Math
- May 4 - 3rd Grade Math
The “R.A.C.E.” Strategy is one that teachers are using when preparing students to answer questions requiring an essay in response to a prompt. Although we hope students will use this strategy on the STAAR test, it is a strategy useful across many academic disciplines which encourages students to provide complete responses to academic questions.
STAAR Testing has been redesigned for the 2022-2023 school year. In the past several years, STAAR was over 90% multiple choice questions (with having a composition in only some grades and a few open number responses in math). The redesign only allows a maximum of 75% of the questions to be multiple-choice. To learn more about the redesign, go to the TEA STAAR Redesign Website and view the New STAAR Question Types Document. Online Practice Tests can be viewed from home by parents wanting more information or to provide their child with practice questions for the new STAAR format.
Practice at Home with an Online Practice Test
Have your child take a practice test that shows what the online testing environment and tools will be like.
Go to the Online Practice Tests
Rubrics and Scoring Guides for Constructed Responses
A big part of the STAAR Redesign includes extended constructed responses (ie. essays). To gain a clearer understanding of the expectations of these responses, click here to see rubrics and scoring guide samples.