At grades 3–8, students are assessed in mathematics and reading. Students are also assessed in writing at grades 4 and 7, science at grades 5 and 8, and social studies at grade 8. There are two cut scores, which identify three performance categories. For the general STAAR assessments, STAAR Modified, and STAAR L, the labels for the performance categories are:
· Level III: Advanced Academic Performance,
· Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance, and
· Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance.
The performance at Level II will be phased in over four years before the recommended standard is applied. The phase-in 1 standards will be in effect for the STAAR assessments in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Phase-in 2 standards will be in effect for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Finally, the recommended standards for Level II performance will be implemented in 2015-2016. There is no phase-in for Level III performance in grades 3-8.
For high school, general subject-area TAKS assessments were replaced with fifteen STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments. STAAR EOC assessments are available for Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I-reading, English I-writing, English II-reading, English II-writing, English III-reading, English III-writing, world geography, world history, and U.S. history. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the number of EOC assessments was dropped to five: Algebra I, biology, English I, English II and U.S. history.