Middle School - STAAR™
What is the STAAR at the Middle School?
For all subjects except Science, the assessments test content students studied in that year, as opposed to testing content studied over multiple years. The STAAR assessments are designed to be more difficult than TAKS. The difficulty level is increased by including the following changes:
What scores are needed to pass STAAR?
School districts will not know what score will be considered Satisfactory Performance on the STAAR grade 3-8 test until the fall of 2012. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) identified three performance categories for the grade 3-8 STAAR tests –
The TEA will not identify cut scores for each level until the fall of 2012, therefore students tested during the spring of 2012 do not have performance results on the new STAAR test. TEA has indicated parents and students should receive their confidential student report in January 2013.
Are 8th grade students required to pass STAAR in order to be promoted to 9th grade?
Yes, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
What happens if my student is enrolled in a high school level course in middle school?
Middle school students who are enrolled in a high school level course required for graduation such as Algebra l will be required to take the End-of-Course (EOC) exam for that course. However, students in grades 6-8 may not be denied promotion based on unsatisfactory performance on STAAR EOC exams.
A middle school student who takes STAAR EOC during the spring of 2013 or thereafter will have that STAAR EOC test count as part of their cumulative score requirement for graduation and will count as 15% of the final grade for that course. (e.g., a middle school student who completes Algebra 1 during the spring of 2013 will have those test results count as 15% of their final Algebra 1 course grade and those test results will become part of the cumulative score requirement for graduation.) Note: Middle School students who took a STAAR EOC test during Spring 2012 will use the results as part of their cumulative score requirements but the score did not count as 15% of the official grade.