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- What are the general testing requirements for students in grades 3–8?
- What are the testing requirements for students in grades 3–8 who are receiving instruction in subjects above their enrolled grade?
- What are the testing requirements for students in grades 3–8 who are enrolled in a high school course that has a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment?
- What are the testing requirements for students in grades 3–8 who are enrolled in a high school course that does not have a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment?
- If students in grades 3–8 are receiving above-grade-level instruction (including instruction in a high school-level course), are they required to take both the higher level and the enrolled-grade-level assessment in the same content area?
- What are the testing requirements for students in kindergarten, grade 1, or grade 2 who are receiving instruction in subjects above their enrolled grade level?
FAQs - STAAR Testing Requirements
- What is the purpose of the Student Success Initiative (SSI)?
- What are the SSI promotion requirements?
- How many testing opportunities are there for SSI?
- Which students do the SSI promotion requirements apply to?
- Do SSI promotion requirements apply to students in grades 3, 4, 6, or 7 who are receiving mathematics or reading instruction above their enrolled grade and who take the grade 5 or 8 assessment?
- Can students who are receiving mathematics or reading instruction above their enrolled grade and who will take the above-grade-level assessment at grade 5 or 8 participate in the second or third administration of the mathematics or reading assessments?
FAQs - STAAR Student Success Initiative Requirements
- What STAAR tests are required for high school graduation?
- Which students must meet the STAAR graduation requirements?
- When should students take a STAAR EOC assessment?
- How many testing opportunities do students have to pass the STAAR EOC assessments?
- What types of substitute assessments can students use to fulfill their STAAR graduation requirements?
- Can a student use more than one substitute assessment to fulfill their graduation requirements?
FAQs - STAAR Graduation Requirements
- When are the STAAR tests administered?
- How many days are students taking STAAR assessments?
- Which STAAR assessments are offered on paper and which are offered online?
- What type of flexibility do districts have in scheduling the STAAR assessments?
- What if a student is not able to test on the scheduled date?
- Is there a time limit for STAAR assessments?
FAQs - STAAR Test Administration
- How is student performance described on STAAR?
- What is the passing standard for STAAR?
- Why are the STAAR performance standards presented as scale scores rather than raw scores?
- Why isn’t the passing standard for each STAAR assessment set at 70% of the questions correct?
- Does the passing standard for STAAR change each year?
- Which STAAR assessments are reported on a vertical scale?
FAQs - STAAR Performance and Reporting
- What is accessibility?
- What are the different levels of accessibility available for state assessments?
- What are accessibility features?
- What are locally-approved designated supports?
- What are designated supports requiring TEA approval?
- Which students can receive designated supports?
FAQs - Accessibility on State Assessments
- What STAAR testing options are available for English learners (ELs)?
- What is STAAR Spanish?
- What tests are available for STAAR Spanish?
- What is the passing standard for STAAR Spanish?
- Are ELs who are enrolled in an English I or English II for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL I or ESOL II) course required to take the STAAR English I or English II assessments?
- What is the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)?
FAQs - Assessments for Special Populations
- What are the STAAR interim assessments?
- What are the differences between classroom formative, interim, and summative assessments?
- Does my district need permission from the TEA to participate in STAAR interim assessments?
- How can my district successfully implement STAAR interim assessments?
- How are the STAAR interim assessments administered?
- What grades and subjects are tested?
FAQs - Interim Assessments
- What are the details around the statewide transition to online testing by 2022-2023?
- When will the statewide online testing needs assessment survey go out, and who will it be sent to?
- Who do I reach out to if I have technical issues with the statewide online testing needs assessment survey?
- What is the integrated formative assessment pilot?