Understanding the Basics of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) for Elementary Students
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
A Family’s Checklist for STAAR™
Familiarize yourself with the assessed curriculum, listed by grade level and subject at www.tea.state.tx.us/
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 www.neisd.net/test/
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 www.TexasAssessment.com/
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.
STAAR: general assessments
STAAR Spanish: for grades 3-5 in same grade and subject assessed by the general STAAR
STAAR L: linguistically accommodated