• State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Overview


    The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which was implemented in spring 2012, includes annual assessments for:

    Reading in grades 3 through 8
    Mathematics in grades 3 through 8
    Writing in grades 4 and 7
    Science in grades 5 and 8
    Social Studies in grade 8
    End-of-Course (EOC) assessments in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S History


    The STAAR testing program is a more rigorous testing program that emphasizes “readiness” standards, which are those Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject that follow and for college and career. The high school assessments are course based exams. State assessments are timed. Students have four hours to complete each STAAR exam, except for the End-of-Course English I and II which both have a five hour time limit.


    STAAR Scoring - Performance Standards


    STAAR performance standards correspond levels of test performance to the expectations defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Cut scores established by TEA distinguish between performance levels and are used to classify students into an appropriate performance category:

    STAAR Scoring - Performance Standards Chart