Elementary School - STAAR™
What is the STAAR at the Elementary School?
For all subjects except grade 5 Science, the STAAR will test content students studied in that year. The STAAR assessments are designed to be more difficult than TAKS. The difficulty level was increased by including the following changes:
What score is needed to pass STAAR?
School districts will not know what score will be considered Satisfactory Performance on the STAAR test in grades 3-8 until the fall of 2012. The Texas Education Agency has 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 who 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 5th grade students required to pass STAAR in order to be promoted to 6th grade?
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the Reading and Mathematics exams to be promoted to the next grade. Fifth and Eighth grade students are given three opportunities to pass their Reading and Math STAAR tests and advance to the next grade. For students who are not successful on the test, a Grade Placement Committee meeting (GPM) is held to determine intervention and grade placement.