High School Testing
Students are required to take the STAAR end-of-course assessments for courses in which they are enrolled as part of their graduation requirement. The STAAR EOC assessments test students for college readiness and mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for each course.The end-of-course assessments only assess the TEKS for a given course. STAAR is timed, giving students up to four hours to complete each exam.At the high school level, there are five EOC assessments required in the four foundation curriculum content areas of English (reading and writing), math, science and social studies. All students must meet a cumulative score requirement to graduate.Subjects requiring STAAR 3 – 5 Assessments
English—English I (Reading and Writing), English II (Reading and Writing)
Social Studies—U.S. HistoryEvery 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 PerformanceGraduation
Each student must meet a score requirement for all EOC assessments taken to graduate. Additionally, each student must meet the cumulative score requirement to graduate.Time Limits:
TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3 through 8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments (5 hours for English 1 and English 2 EOCs). 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.Sample Tests (each link opens a PDF)
Math — Algebra I
Science — Biology
Social Studies — U.S. History
Test questions and answer keys for all grade levels can be found on TEA's website.Test Schedule
To view the testing calendar online please click here (PDF).