STAAR Grades 3-5 Overview
Students in grades 3 through 5 participate in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. Students will be assessed in the core subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The STAAR assessment focuses on content taught during the current year rather than testing knowledge and skills learned over multiple years. STAAR assessments have a time limit. Unless a student is eligible for a designated support (accommodation), each student will have four hours to complete each assessment.
STAAR Spanish is available for students in grades 3-5 for whom a Spanish version of STAAR most appropriately measures their academic progress. It is not permitted for an ELL whose parent or guardian has declined bilingual/ESL program services. Linguistic accommodations are not permitted on the test because students are testing in their native language. STAAR Spanish, in addition to being appropriate for students in bilingual programs who are receiving most of their academic instruction in Spanish, may sometimes be appropriate for an ELL in an ESL program.
Grade 5 Student Success Initiative (SSI)
The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math STAAR tests to be promoted to the next grade. 5th grade students that did not reach the "MEETS GRADE LEVEL" performance criteria on the March administration of reading and math will retest in May and/or June.