STAAR- State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

  • STAAR Replaced TAKS with Class of 2015

    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.

    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.

    End-of-Course (EOC) Exams:
    • Math - Algebra I
    • Reading and Writing - English I and English II
    • Social Studies - U.S. History
    • Science - Biology

    Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness™, pronounced the same as star).
    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 time lines for interventions and sanctions while also expanding school closure and alternative management options.
    STAAR affects the graduation plan for all CISD learners, starting with the Class of 2015. For the past few years, the Coppell ISD has been administering STAAR End of Course (EOC) to pinpoint curriculum needs, identify additional educator training needs, and gauge learner preparedness. 
    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:
    If you have questions, please contact your campus administrator or the Director of Assessment, Debbie Youngs,