STAAR

What is STAAR?

  • The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness test is a mastery test used to assess a student’s proficiency of a particular subject in a specified grade level. All students in Texas public schools are required to assess their understanding in a particular topic. The topics covered on the test are outlined in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that are taught in classrooms throughout the year.

    Who takes the STAAR test?
    Whether or not your student takes the STAAR test (and which tests they take) depends on your student’s grade level. A student takes their first STAAR test in 3rd grade and last STAAR test (assuming they pass all required tests) in 11th grade. 

  • When do students take the STAAR test? 

  • When your child takes the STAAR test depends on the grade of your child. Students in grades 3-8 take their STAAR test in March. If your student is in 5th or 8th grade and does not pass the March administration of the STAAR test, then they will be given the opportunity to take and pass the STAAR test in May and June. 9th graders will also take the English 1 and English 2 in March while Biology, Algebra, and U.S. History are tested in May. Because passing all five high school EOC tests are mandatory, any student that doesn’t pass these tests in the respective years will retake their EOC tests every December, May, and June until the EOC tests are passed.

  • How can I help my child prepare for the STAAR test?
    There are several commercially available study guides available to help your student prepare for the STAAR test (check availability at local bookstores or online). Students can also use previous questions and STAAR tests (available on TEA’s website) to help prepare for these tests.

  • How did your child do on the STAAR test?
    If your student has taken a STAAR test at any point in the past, their results are now accessible online at www.texasassessments.com. You can follow these directions (EnglishSpanish) to access your student’s past STAAR scores. Personalized reports for your child are available upon logging into the website. You can find directions here in English and here in Spanish. If you would like a printed version of your student’s most recent STAAR scores, please contact your student’s current campus.