State Testing – STAAR, EOC & TELPAS

About STAAR

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) includes the following assessment programs: STAAR, STAAR Spanish, and STAAR Alternate 2.

As mandated by the Texas Education Agency, students in grades 3 through 12 are required to take part in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness program.

Students first enrolled in grade 9 or below in the 2011–12 school year are required to take the STAAR end-of-course assessments for courses in which they are enrolled as part of their graduation requirements. Those students no longer take TAKS. 

The STAAR EOC assessments test high school students for college readiness and produce performance labels that indicate a student’s mastery of the course’s standards. The end-of-course tests assess the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for a given course. In addition to passing courses, a score of satisfactory or above is required to graduate.

STAAR Assessments

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program was implemented in spring 2012.  The following is a list of assessments that are given annually:

  • reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
  • writing at grades 4 and 7
  • science at grades 5 and 8
  • social studies at grade 8
  • end-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history

STAAR Grades 3-8

After each STAAR assessment, students receive a STAAR Report Card indicating the student’s level of performance. A student’s performance will fall into one of the following categories:

Does Not Meet Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.

Approaches Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Meets Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Masters Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that   students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.

TEA resources for each tested subject are located at the links provided:

STAAR Grades 3-8 Resources

STAAR End-of-Course

After each STAAR assessment, students receive a STAAR Report Card indicating the student’s level of performance. A student’s performance will fall into one of the following categories:

Does Not Meet Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.

Approaches Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Meets Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Masters Grade Level—Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Other resources, provided by TEA, for each tested subject are located at the links provided:

STAAR EOC Resources

STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate assessments are available for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Students who are eligible to participate in the STAAR Alternate assessment program must take the assessment in all course areas for the subject/grade.

STAAR Alt 2 Performance Level Descriptors

                 Level 1: Developing Academic Performance

                 Level 2:  Satisfactory Academic Performance

                 Level 3: Accomplished Academic Performance

STAAR Alternate 2 Resources

TELPAS

Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) This assessment is designed to assess the progress that limited English Proficient students make in the English language.              

The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements. Texas assess English language learners annually in the following domains:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Once students have been determined to be proficient in the English language, they no longer participate in TELPAS.

TELPAS Resources

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