STAAR (State Assessment of Academic Readiness) is the state assessment program that began in the spring of 2012. STARR is the acronym for The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and replaced (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) TAKS.
Do all kids take STAAR?
Due to statewide school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, STAAR tests were not administered in the spring of 2020.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which was implemented in spring 2012, includes annual assessments for
- 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.
What happens if my student doesn't pass STAAR?
For students in grades 5 and 8, the Reading and Math assessments must be passed for promotion to the next grade level. A total of three attempts are available for students in these grade levels to maximize options for preparing and retaking tests if needed. For the spring of 2021, this requirement is waived due to COVID-19, so only one test administration will be offered, and it will not be tied to grade level promotion.
Students in high school must pass the End of Course STAAR exams listed above as a part of graduation requirements. Retests are allowed in December, May, and summer of each year.
Students in all other grade levels are required to take the STAAR test, but their promotion is not tied to passing assessments. Students who do not perform satisfactorily will have required participation in academic interventions in the summer and/or during the following school year.