STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)
Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). The ninth grade class of 2011-12 was the first class to graduate under the state‘s STAAR assessment system, rather than the previous TAKS assessment system.
The assessment replaced TAKS (the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills), which was in place since 2003. STAAR exams are significantly more rigorous than previous tests and measure a child's performance, as well as their academic growth.
The implementation of STAAR assessments by the State of Texas was in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1031 (80th Texas Legislature, 2007) and House Bill 3 (HB 3, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009), which required:
- Increasing the rigor and relevance of both standards and assessments;
- Creating and assessing post secondary readiness standards;
- Establishing campus and district accountability based on higher college- and career-readiness performance standards on STAAR, and on distinctions earned by campuses demonstrating achievement in areas not measured by the STAAR program as well as on academic performance; and
- Establishing new timelines for interventions and sanctions while also expanding school closure and alternative management options.
The New STAAR Report Card
Previously, the Texas Education Agency, TEA, published each child's STAAR results on the Confidential Student Report (CSR) and provided the district a paper copy of the results to send home. TEA has redesigned the CSR and given it a new name, the STAAR Report Card. The redesign has significant changes with the goal of providing a more user-friendly report on student progress. The new STAAR Report Card will include:
- growth and progress information
- a recommended summer reading list
- the learner's Lexile levels and trend data
- resources for parents in both English and Spanish
- possible questions for parents to ask school staff
For more detailed information about the new STAAR Report Card, please visit tea.texas.gov/studentreport/.
Due to the changes, all STAAR results will be available online for the parents. No paper reports will be sent home. To access your child’s STAAR Report Card online, you need your child’s unique access code. The unique access code may be found in one of two ways:
- If you have a Confidential Student Report (CSR) from a previous STAAR test taken by your child, their unique access code is located in the pale green rectangle at the bottom of the CSR.
- Enter your child’s social security number or their state ID number in the state’s system.
Click on the appropriate link below to access user friendly directions to your child’s STAAR Report Card.
- I have my student’s access code.
- I do not have my student’s access code, but I have either their social security number or their state ID number.
If you would like a paper copy of your child’s results, please contact your child’s campus.
Grade 3: Reading, Math
Grade 4: Reading, Math, Writing
Grade 5: Reading, Math, Science
Grade 6: Reading, Math
Grade 7: Reading, Math, Writing
Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies
High School: English I, English II, Algebra I, U.S. History, Biology
Starting with the Class of 2015, STAAR affects the graduation plan for all public and charter school students in the state of Texas. As required in Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.025, students must pass the five STAAR EOC assessments (Algebra I, English I, English II, U. S. History, and Biology) to earn a high school diploma.
Note: Many learners may begin to fulfill their STAAR graduation requirements while still in middle school. Learners taking high school math courses in middle school will be required to participate in STAAR EOC assessments while in middle school. Students are required by state law to take the EOC assessment on state-determined dates. Districts do not have the discretion to determine when students will take the EOC exam.
For additional information about the STAAR exams, please go to tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/ and scroll down to access the STAAR Frequently Asked Questions link.
STAAR 3-8 Student Success Initiative (SSI)
The SSI was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The purpose of the SSI is to ensure learner success in math and reading. SSI grade advancement requirements apply only to the mathematics and reading assessments at grades 5 and 8.
If a student does not demonstrate proficiency on one or both of these assessments, the student may advance to or be placed in the next grade only if (1) he or she completes all accelerated instruction required by the Grade Placement Committee (GPC), and (2) the GPC determines, by unanimous decision, that the student is likely to perform on grade level by the end of the next school year given additional accelerated instruction during the course of the year. In making promotion decisions, the GPC is required to consider the recommendation of the student's teacher, the student's grades, the student's state assessment scores, and any other relevant academic information.(copied from the SSI manual page 2)
For a copy of the SSI manual, SSI Brochures for 5th/8th, and additional information on SSI requirements, please visit: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/ssi/