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Understanding the Basics of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) for Elementary Students

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, students in elementary grades 3-5 will take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™). STAAR is replacing the Texas Assess-ment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and will include assessments in the following grades and subjects at the elementary level:

3rd – Mathematics & Reading
4th – Mathematics, Reading & Writing
5th – Mathematics, Reading & Science

The STAAR assessments will be more rigorous than previous state tests in several ways. STAAR will include more test questions; one additional writing composition (grade 4); greater emphasis on critical analysis rather than literal understanding; a four-hour time limit; and more open-ended questions in math and science.

Student performance on STAAR will be described by one of three categories:

Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
Level III: Advanced Academic Performance

The passing standards for the elementary-level STAAR tests will be set by the Texas Education Agency in October 2012. For the 2011-2012 school year only, there are no Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion requirements for grade 5. Students will be assessed for promotion to the next grade by other academic information.


Elementary STAAR Testing Calendar 2011 - 2012
 Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
Mar. 27, 2012 Writing-Day 1Math
Mar. 28, 2012 Writing-Day 2Reading
Apr. 24, 2012MathMath 
Apr. 25, 2012ReadingReading 
Apr. 26, 2012  Science

A Family’s Checklist for STAAR™

 Familiarize yourself with the assessed curriculum, listed by grade level and subject at

 Make the most of the curriculum resources and/or events that may be offered by your student’s school

 Know the STAAR testing dates for your student’s grade level, available at

 Help your student get a good night’s sleep before the test

 Make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast on the testing day

 Reassure your student that he/she can be successful on STAAR

 View your student’s test results and history through the Student Portal for the Texas Assessment Manage-ment Systems at

 Look ahead to the next grade levels’ requirements to better prepare your child for academic success.

Types of STAAR™ Assessments

A student may take one or more STAAR assessment based on his/her eligibility.

general assessments

STAAR Spanish: for grades 3-5 in same grade and subject assessed by the general STAAR

STAAR L: linguistically accommodated

STAAR Modified: uses a modified format and test design, but covers same content

STAAR Alternate: available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities