Elementary Testing

STAAR Assessments for Elementary Students

Grade 3 - Mathematics and Reading

Grade 4 - Mathematics, Reading, and Writing

Grade 5 - Mathematics, Reading, and Science

What's different about STAAR?

STAAR requires a high level of student performance. The assessments are designed so that most students should be able to complete the test in two hours. There is a four-hour time limit for the STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and the STAAR EOC assessments.

For reading, emphasis is placed on critical analysis of passages rather than literal understanding. The writing test requires an essay in the expository style. On the science and mathematics tests, 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). Most science and mathematics assessments will include three to five griddable items. Illustrations of the test design for grades 3-8 are available at:

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/

Student Performance

Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Students will fall into one of the four categories below:

- Masters Grade Level

- Meets Grade Level

- Approaches Grade Level

- Does Not Meet Grade Level

Approaches Grade Level on the STAAR is considered passing.

Time Limits

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments. TEA notes that a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. The rationale for time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT, and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.

Impact on Grade Advancement

The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. Students that do not pass these tests in April will have a retest opportunity in May, and a third and final opportunity in June.

Districts will be required to provide remediation to any student who fails a STAAR assessment, whether in grades 3-8 or high school.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I review my student's STAAR exam scores?

Students and parents can review their STAAR exam results through the state Student Data Portal, which can be found at the link below. http://texasassessment.com/

How do I find my child's access code?

The access code can be found on the STAAR student report that is sent home. The code can also be found by using the Look Up Code link found on the Student Portal Log In page. Detailed directions on using the Look Up Code link can be found on the Resources page of this website.

If a student or parent does not have internet access, a copy of the students results can be obtained by contacting your school counselor