Students in Texas are required to take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The STAAR test measures academic performance to make sure students are learning the material they are taught.

The STAAR is given during three assessment windows - spring, summer, winter (see the Testing Calendar). State legislation says scores must be given to a district within 30 days of taking the test. We distribute the test scores as soon as possible after we've received them.

At the elementary and middle school levels, the STAAR program assesses:

  • reading and mathematics for all students in grades 3-8
  • science for students in grades 5 and 8
  • social studies for students in grade 8

For high school students there are five STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments:

  • English I
  • English II
  • Algebra I*
  • Biology
  • U.S. History

*Middle school students enrolled in Alegra I will take the STAAR EOC.

In addition to other graduation requirements, five EOC tests must be passed before a student can graduate. See the Graduation Requirements page for additional information.

Request a paper test

H.B. 1225 allows the option to request a paper STAAR assessment by families and subject area teachers. Paper tests are limited to 3% of students taking each test.

Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made by the deadlines:

  • Fall STAAR: Sept. 15
  • Spring STAAR: Dec. 1

Be sure to fill out a form for each student who needs a paper test. Requests are not needed for students who require a paper test due to a disability.

Request a paper STAAR test

Questions? Contact Courtney Clearfield, District Testing Coordinator.

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