Junior High School TestingStudents required to take the STAAR Assessments
Students in grades 6 through 8 are required to take the assessments for specific subjects depending on grade level.Subjects requiring STAAR 3 – 5 Assessments
Grade 6—Reading and Math
Grade 7—Reading, Math and Writing
Grade 8—Reading, Math, Science and Social StudiesEvery question that appears on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) is grounded in the knowledge and skills statements and student expectations within the state-mandated curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Please note that every year the STAAR tests may represent varying combinations of TEKS student expectations.
Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance.Students will fall in to one of the three categories below:
Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Level II: Satisfactory Academic PerformanceLevel III: Advanced Academic Performance
TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3 through 8 assessments. TEA notes that a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. The rationale for time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.
Impact on Grade Advancement:
The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grade 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. Retesting opportunities are available in May and June if necessary.
Students in the middle school grades who are enrolled in high school courses will take the associated EOC exam instead of the STAAR test offered at the student's grade level. For example, an eighth-grade student enrolled in high school Algebra I would take the Algebra I EOC exam instead of the eighth-grade STAAR Mathematics test. He or she also would take the STAAR tests in Reading, Science and Social Studies required during the eighth grade.Grade Advancement
The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grade 5 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. Retesting opportunities are available in May and June if necessary.Released Tests (each link opens a PDF)
Test questions and answer keys for all grade levels can be found on the TEA website.Test Schedule
To view the testing calendar online please click here (PDF).