Updated Feb. 10, 2021

The following information is applicable at this time and is based on the information provided to school districts by the Texas Education Agency; however, changes may occur and the information will be updated as needed. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will continue to evaluate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic across the state and provide additional guidance for spring 2021 state assessments closer to the administration dates.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has shared information regarding state assessments for spring and summer 2021 and it is anticipated additional updates will be forthcoming. The information below will reflect any updates from TEA as they arrive in the future.  

State assessments include: 

  • STAAR,
  • STAAR Alternate 2,
  • TELPAS, and
  • TELPAS Alternate

More information regarding the STAAR tests

The state assessments are one piece of data which may be used in a collection of data regarding student performance. The state assessment data, as one piece of a larger data collection, helps provide campuses, parents, and students with information about strengths and areas for improvement, but will also provide information for program and course selections.

Please review the information below regarding guidance and policy from TEA.  Questions may be directed to your campus leader or submitted through Let’s Talk.

Will the state assessments occur this year (Spring & Summer 2021)?

Yes. The state and federal requirements for assessments may be located on this TEA Fact Sheet page released in February 2021.

STAAR & STAAR Alternate 2

Students are required to take the following STAAR or STAAR Alternate 2 assessments:

  • Grade 3: Reading and Math
  • Grade 4: Reading, Writing and Math
  • Grade 5:  Reading, Math and Science
  • Grade 6: Reading and Math
  • Grade 7: Reading, Writing and Math
  • Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies

STAAR Spanish is also available for applicable students in 3rd-5th grade for the subject areas listed above.

Students should take the STAAR End of Course (EOC) assessments as they are completing the courses (traditionally in high school), which include the following:

  • Algebra I
  • English I
  • Biology
  • English II
  • US History

To meet graduation requirements, students must pass the five EOC assessments – which includes taking the assessment and earning a passing score, receiving a waiver for one or more of the EOC assessments in spring 2020 – or have a record of a qualifying score on a substitute assessment as shared in Texas Education Code 39.025.

TELPAS

TELPAS is the assessment required for English Learners (EL) in kindergarten through 12th grade in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

When will the state assessments be administered and which grade levels will be assessed?

2021 Spring and Summer Assessment Calendar

For STAAR, paper and online assessments are provided. Paper assessments are provided on a specific date and make up date, while the online assessments have an extended window to complete the testing as well as any make up tests. Campuses may choose the online window dates in which to provide assessment opportunities.  Information will be published on the campus website regarding assessment dates.

Where will students take the state assessments?

To participate in the state assessments, in-person and virtual/remote learners will need to attend the campus to take the assessments as students must be monitored by a trained proctor, per TEA assessment policy. If a student is a remote/virtual learner and is not able to attend the campus due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, he/she is not required to come into the campus. The student’s score will be reflected as “Other” to indicate the student did not participate in the assessment due to virtual learning related to COVID-19 health concerns.    

Virtual/remote students, who will be taking one or more of the state assessments online, will need to have the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP) loaded to their district device. Students may not use their own device for testing. Students will need to bring their district device in on the day of testing to load the SOTP or have it loaded prior to the date. Instructions will be shared by the campus on how to load the SOTP or when the campus will offer opportunities for campus/district staff to load the device.  

All students must wear a mask and follow all campus and district safety protocols while on campus. Campuses are employing safety protocols to provide a safe learning/testing environment, including physical distancing and cleaning supplies such as disinfectant, sanitizer, etc.

If a student does not participate in the state assessment(s), what score will be submitted for the student?

As school districts have been impacted by COVID-19, TEA has adjusted the score codes available for the assessments as reflected in this document.

Assessment will be scored (score code of S) if:

  • Student takes the assessment (in person or virtual student)
  • Student is in attendance on campus on the testing date or make up date(s) and refuses to test

Assessment will be coded with Other (score code of O) if:

Note: This code does not count as a “pass” or “fail” on the assessment

  • Student is a remote/virtual learner and is unable to come into the campus to take the assessment due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19

Assessment will be coded with Absent (score code of A) if:

  • Student is absent for the testing date and make up dates
  • Student is an in-person learner and not able to come into the campus on the designated testing dates due to being in quarantine

Considerations

Students must meet the passing standard on five STAAR End of Course assessments to meet graduation requirements: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US History. If the student does not participate in the assessment, the student is forfeiting one of the opportunities to meet the graduation requirements. Testing opportunities traditionally occur in December, Spring and Summer of the school year. Students may use a qualifying score from a substitute assessment to meet graduation requirements; however, a student must still take the applicable End of Course assessment at least one time for federal accountability.

Please see the TEA substitute assessments flowchart and the applicable substitute assessments chart to determine if the student may utilize a substitute assessment.

English Learners (EL) will be missing an opportunity to potentially be reclassified as English proficient.

TELPAS Alternate: Students would not be able to complete all 40 observable behaviors.

Will student in grades 5 and 8 be required to pass the STAAR as part of the Student Success Initiative (SSI)?

No. The SSI requirement for 2021 has been waived. All 5th- and 8th-grade students will only have one assessment in reading and math in Spring 2021.

Students must meet the local promotion requirements, which may be found in the Student Handbook.

How may I access my child’s score on the STAAR assessment?

Parents may access their child’s assessment score by following the instructions on the link below.  Please know the results are not immediately available.  The dates in which parents may access the results within the portal are listed below for reference.

Accessing your child’s score on the STAAR 

2020-2021 STAAR Tests Administration Date of Scores Release to Portal:

2020 December STAAR EOC (Alg, US, Bio, Eng I, Eng II): Jan. 18, 2021

2021 Spring TELPAS K-12: May 24, 2021

2021 Spring TELPAS Alternate 2-12: May 17, 2021

2021 April 4th & 7th Writing: June 28, 2021

2021 April STAAR Alternate 2: May 31, 2021

2021 April STAAR EOC (Eng 1, Eng II): June 15, 2021

2021 May STAAR EOC (Alg, Bio, US): June 15, 2021

2021 May STAAR 3-8: June 28, 2021

2021 June STAAR 5th & 8th Math & Reading Retest: June 21, 20212021 June EOC Retest (Alg, US, Bio, Eng 1, Eng II): July 30, 2021