High School - STAAR™
Recent Changes to Assessment Requirements for Graduation
There has been a change in the legislation related to state assessment requirements for graduation. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced that House Bill 5 now requires students to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements. The five assessments under HB 5 include: algebra I, English I (combined reading/writing), English II (combined reading/writing), biology, and U.S. history.
Prior to the passing of House Bill 5 the state had required students to pass additional assessments in algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history. These assessments have been eliminated from the testing requirements. As a result, the July 2013 STAAR administration will not include assessments for these courses. Students that previously received a letter from LISD informing them to attend a July EOC exam session in one of these areas are no longer required to attend because the tests have been eliminated. The July administration for EOC assessments will continue to be offered in algebra I, English I, English II, biology, and U.S. history.
What is the STAAR transition timeline?
The chart below outlines the plan for phase-out of high school TAKS and phase-in of STAAR EOC assessments.
*out-of-school testers and 12th grade re-testers
* Level II Satisfactory rating on English III, Reading and Writing and Algebra II is required to qualify for the state's Recommended Achievement Program high school diploma.
** Level III Advanced Academic rating on English III, Reading and Writing and Algebra II is required to qualify for the state's Distinguished Achievement Program high school diploma.
What are the STAAR Graduation Requirements?
LISD is currently working to revise this information due to the recent change made by the legislature. Updates will be posted as soon as possible.