STAAR Testing

STAAR Test Information  
Test Dates
Monday, March 30, 2015 Writing 
(Grade 4)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Writing(Grade 4)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -Mathematics (Grades 3rd & 4th)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015- Reading (Grades 3rd & 4th)

All About STAAR

STAAR is the state’s student testing program.  Over the course of the student’s school career, students will be tested in the core subject areas- reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The STAAR tests for grades 3-8 will cover the same subjects and grade levels as the previous testing, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). 

How Does STAAR Differ from TAKS?

The STAAR is more rigorous than previous state tests. STAAR 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.

STAAR assessments have been designed to focus on "readiness" standards, which are defined as those Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations that are not only essential for success in the current grade or course but also important for preparedness in the next grade or course.

How will STAAR be scored and reported?

The passing standards for the STAAR exams were set in January 2013. The standards will be phased in over a number of years. 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 on track to be sufficiently prepared for college courses.
Advanced Academic Performance Students who meet this standard are on track to be well prepared for college courses.