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1 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

2 What is STAAR? The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is a more rigorous standardized testing program that will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for elementary, middle school and high school students.

3 How is the STAAR different from TAKS? For all students in grades 3 through 12, the new STAAR program will emphasize “readiness” standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for future success in the next grade or subject area and for college or career. Key Points for all students grade 3 – 12 include: ★ Increases in test difficulty with a focus on college/career readiness ★ Increases in the number of test items ★ Imposes a new, four-hour time limit on tests ★ Increases the number of open-ended questions on math and science assessments ★ In grades 3-8, tests are in the same grades and subjects as TAKS ★ In fourth grade, two essays are required over two days ★ In seventh grade, three essays are required over two days ★ In English l and II, three essays are required

4 Who will take the STAAR End-of-Course Exam and how will it be counted for graduation? ★ Students entering the ninth grade in (the graduating class of 2015) and beyond, must meet STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) requirements in order to graduate. ★ With the new STAAR program, the four TAKS Exit-Level tests will be replaced with five end-of-course (EOC) assessments. ★ All students will take the STAAR/EOC as they complete the corresponding course. ★ A student who receives special education services, will take STAAR/EOC

5 Any student in the school year and beyond who is enrolled in a high school course that has a related EOC assessment is required to test, including students who are earning credit through: ★ 8th graders taking Algebra I ★ AP/IB courses ★ Correspondence courses ★ Credit by exam ★ Dual credit courses Additional Requirements for EOC Assessments

6 MinimumRecommendedDistinguished Take all 5 EOC assessments Meet passing score requirement (or ARD committee determination) Take all 5 EOC assessments Meet passing score requirement Take all 5 EOC assessments Meet passing score requirement Achieve Level III: Advanced Performance on Algebra II and English III What are EOC testing requirements for each Graduation Plan?

7 What do you need to graduate? The requirements to graduate will vary among the Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished graduation plans. Satisfactory Academic Performance (Level II) on the EOC assessments will be considered passing. UNSATISFACTORY LEVEL I SATISFACTORY LEVEL II ADVANCED LEVEL III Performance in this category indicates that students are inadequately prepared for the next grade or course. Performance in this category indicates that students are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course. Performance in this category indicates that students are well prepared for the next grade or course. For Algebra II and English III, this level of performance also indicates students’ college readiness. Must retake EOCMinimum & Recommended Graduation Plans: Must achieve Level II scores on all tests Distinguished Graduation Plan: Must achieve Level III scores on Algebra II and English III EOC tests

8 Where can I go to get additional information on STAAR?


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