State Testing Programs


State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) measures a student's mastery of the state-mandated curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (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 (EOC). The EOC tests consists of 5 course-specific tests including Algebra I, Biology, US History, English I, and English II.

STAAR Alternate

STAAR Alternate 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 (TELPAS) 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.

TELPAS Alternate

TELPAS Alternate is a holistic inventory aligned to the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); however, TELPAS Alternate is based on alternate Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs) that were created to address the specific access needs of this student population. As with TELPAS, students assessed with TELPAS Alternate will be assessed in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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