STAAR — the State of
Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — is the state-mandated testing program
for students in grades 3 through 12. In elementary and middle school,
assessments are designed to evaluate progress and to make sure youngsters are
meeting grade-level expectations. In high school, STAAR End of Course (EOC) tests measure whether or not students are on track for graduation and ready to pursue college, workforce training,
and careers successfully. Five high school EOCS — in Algebra I,
English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History — must be passed before the student can graduate.