STAAR™ : High School

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)

Starting in summer 2013 STAAR will consist of 5 end-of-course (EOC) exams that will be required for graduation:
  • Math: Algebra I

  • Science: Biology 

  • English Language Arts: English I, English II (Reading & Writing) [Separate Reading and Writing EOC exams will continue to be given until spring 2014. Students who have not passed Reading, Writing, or both by spring 2014 must take take the new combined Reading & Writing English EOC, first offered in spring 2014.]

  • Social Studies: U.S. History

STAAR EOC Testing Dates for High School
TEA's Assessment Calendar

Background of STAAR

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in the 2011-2012 school year. New ninth-grade students who entered high school in 2011-2012 and beyond fall under the STAAR testing system and graduation requirements. Current high school students who entered grade 9 prior to 2011-2012 will remain under the TAKS system and their existing graduation requirements.

The most significant difference between the TAKS and STAAR testing systems are seen at the high school level. Under the TAKS system, high school students have to pass only four exit-level tests to graduate, which do not count toward their course grades. Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen are required to take 5 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in the core content areas – math, science, English and social studies.


Frequently Asked Questions

What if a student passes the course but fails the corresponding STAAR EOC assessment?

A student will not be required to retake a course as a condition of retaking the EOC assessment for that course. Districts are required to provide accelerated instruction to any student who fails a STAAR assessment. Students who pass a course but fail the assessment for that course may require additional instruction in that course even after they are no longer enrolled. Multiple retest opportunities will be provided to students.

What if a student has already earned credit for a course with a corresponding EOC exam? Does he/she need to take the EOC?

No.  Students whom have already earned credit for a course with a corresponding EOC exam prior to spring 2011, from a private school, or from a school outside of Texas prior to enrolling in a public Texas school do not need to take the EOC for that course.


If a student is in intermediate school and enrolled in a high school course with an EOC exam, does he/she also need to take the grade level STAAR for that subject?

Intermediate school students who take a high school course (e.g., Algebra I)  will only take the EOC assessment, and not the grade level STAAR assessment for that subject. Students will not take more than one STAAR test in a particular subject.


STAAR Transition Timeline
   2013-2014 2014-2015
2015-2016
 Grade 9
 STAAR  STAAR  STAAR
 Grade 10  STAAR  STAAR  STAAR
 Grade 11  TAKS  STAAR  STAAR
 Grade 12 & Out of School Students
 TAKS  STAAR or TAKS
 STAAR or TAKS
       
Source: Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division, December 2010.

End of Course (EOC) Timeline

STAAR includes 5  end-of-course (EOC) assessments for the following core content classes (math, science, English and social studies) at the high school level:

Students not enrolled in a class would not be required to take the EOC exam for that course. Student who earned credit from an EOC based course prior to spring 2012 are also not required to take the EOC exam for that course. Students will initially take the STAAR tests listed below during the spring semester of enrollment in the class. For students who fail to reach the passing requirements, numerous retesting opportunities will also be offered.

MATH
 SCIENCE ENGLISH
SOCIAL STUDIES
 Algebra I
 Biology  English I
 U.S. History
     English II
 
       

The STAAR EOC tests focus on the content for a specific course compared to TAKS tests that covered general subject knowledge by grade level. The STAAR EOC assessment scores will create a cumulative score for each core content area to be used for graduation eligibility. (More specific information on graduation requirements appears below.)

STAAR includes more difficult testing and requires a higher level of student performance than TAKS required. English I, II, and III tests cover both writing and reading over two days. English EOCs require students to write more essays and place greater emphasis on critical analysis of reading passages rather than literal understanding. English I, students will write literary and expository compositions. English II, students will write expository and persuasive compositions. For English III, students will write persuasive and analytical compositions.

On the science and mathematics EOCs, STAAR includes a type of open-ended question known as a griddable item. The purpose of griddable items is to allow students to develop answers independently without being influenced by answer choices provided with the questions (commonly known as multiple-choice). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has provided further explanation about griddable items at www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/.


Performance Standards

For the general STAAR assessments, STAAR Modified, and linguistically accommodated forms of STAAR, the labels for the performance categories are:

 
Unsatisfactory
Academic Performance

Satisfactory Academic
Performance


Advanced Academic
Performance*

 
Performance in this category indicates that students are inadequately prepared for the next grade or course. They do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills. Students in this category are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention.

Performance in this category indicates that students are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course. They generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts. Students in this category have a reasonable likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may need short-term, targeted academic intervention.

Performance in this category indicates that students are well prepared for the next grade or course. They demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. Students in this category have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention.


*For Algebra II and English III, this level of performance also indicates students’ postsecondary readiness.


For the STAAR Alternate assessments, the performance labels are:
  • Accomplished Academic Performance

  • Satisfactory Academic Performance

  • Unsatisfactory Academic Performance


Graduation Requirements

The following provisions have been mandated by current state legislation.
  • In order to graduate students must pass 5 end of course exams. The subject areas are Algebra I, Biology, English I and English II, and U.S. History.

  • For the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), students must meet the college readiness performance standard on the Algebra II and English III assessments. 

  • For 2014-2015 Graduation requirements, please visit the following link:

Graduation requirements

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