State Testing Programs

State Testing Programs

STAAR measures a student's mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the TEKS.  All eligible Texas public school students are assessed in mathematics in grades 3-8; reading in grades 3-8; writing in grades 4 and 7;  science in grades 5 and 8; and social studies in grade 8.  Eligible students may meet testing requirements with Spanish versions of the STAAR assessments, available in grades 3-5.  Students in grades 9 - 12 will take the STAAR End-of-Course tests.  The EOC consists of 5 course specific tests including Algebra I, Biology, US History, English I, and English II.

STAAR-Alt is an assessment based on alternate academic standards and is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities receiving special education services.

The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System assesses the progress that grade K-12 ELLs make in learning the English language.  TELPAS assesses second language development in the domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Multiple-choice assessments are used to assess reading in grades 2-12.  For the other grades and domains, holistically rated assessments based on student observations and written student work are used.

TAKS will continue to be the graduation standard for students who were 9th graders in the 2010-11 school year and before.  Retesting students will continue to take the TAKS test in an online format.

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