• High School STAAR Testing

     
     
    Who will be affected by the new requirements and when will they take effect?
     

    2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015
    GRADES
    3-8

    STAAR
    STAARSTAARSTAAR
    GRADE
    9
    STAARSTAARSTAARSTAAR
    GRADE
    10
    TAKS
    STAARSTAARSTAAR
    GRADE
    11
    TAKSTAKSSTAARSTAAR
    GRADE
    12
    TAKSTAKSTAKSSTAAR
     
    *Students have opportunity to Retest on Exit-Level TAKS in their 12th grade, if necessary.
    • Students that enter Grade 9 for the first time in 2011-12, will take the End of Course (EOC) exams in the Spring of 2012. Each year students will have three opportunities to take the EOC tests, with multiple retest opportunities.

    • Currently enrolled 12th grade high school students will graduate under TAKS until it is phased out in the 2014-15 school year.

    Which courses will require an EOC test?

    Math

    English

    Science

    Social Studies

    Algebra I

    English I

    Biology

    United States History

     

    English II

     

     

     
    Student Performance

    Students will receive a STAAR rating based upon the categories listed below:

    • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance

    • Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance

    • Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

     High school students may continue to take the exams until they meet the passing standards.

     
    Compared to TAKS, STAAR has:
    • More tests

    • Increased difficulty, rigor and complexity

    • 4-hour time limit and 5-hour time limit for English I and English II starting in May 2014

    Testing Timeline:

    • 1st Testing Administration | Spring

    • 2nd Opportunity | July

    • 3rd Opportunity | December

     
    Impact on Graduation
    Beginning with the 9th grade class in 2011-2012, students will take  the 5 EOC assessments listed above based on their participation in courses. Each student must meet a score requirement for all EOC assessments they take in order to graduate.
     
     
    Time Limits
    TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and some STAAR EOC assessments for the 2013-2014 spring test administration. 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.
     
    The revised and combined English I and English II EOC assessments beginning in May 2014 will have a five (5) hour time limit.