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  • High School STAAR Testing

    The STAAR EOC (End-of-Course) assessments test high school students’ mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a given course and determine college and career readiness.

    If a student in grade 8 or below is taking a course for which there is a STAAR EOC test, that student will be required to take that particular STAAR EOC assessment. These EOC assessments are for all students graduating after 2014.

    Students graduating in 2014 will take the former Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills as part of their graduation requirement. For more information on graduation requirements, see the State Graduation Requirements page.

    High School End-of-Course

    The STAAR EOC (End-of-Course) assessments test high school students’ mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a given course and determine college and career readiness.  A student’s performance on a STAAR EOC may not be used to determine the student’s class ranking.

    Required high school STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) assessments:

    • Algebra I
    • Biology
    • English I (combined reading/writing)
    • English II (combined reading/writing)
    • U.S. History

     

    End-of-course assessments assess the TEKS for a given course, unlike the high school TAKS test that covers material from multiple courses. Unlike the TAKS test, STAAR will be timed giving students four (4) hours to complete each exam.

    Performance, Scores and Categories:

    Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Students performance will fall in to one of the three categories below:
     
    •Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
    •Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
    •Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

    High school students may continue to take the exams until they meet the passing standards.

     
    Testing Timeline:

    • 1st Testing Adminstration = Spring Semester
    • 2nd Testing Administration = Summer (July)
    • 3rd Testing Administration = Fall Semester (October)

     

    Additional information:

    • A student’s performance on an EOC may not be used to determine the student’s class ranking.
    • The 15-percent rule – which required a student’s EOC score to count as 15 percent of the student’s grade in each tested subject area – has been eliminated.
    •  HB 5 limits school districts to two benchmark assessments per school year – these are tests designed specifically to prepare students for a STAAR test. Teachers may still use their own teacher-developed tests during the school year to determine a student’s mastery of a subject – and the various beginning-, mid-, and end-of-year tests provided by the district are not considered benchmarks because they are not tied to STAAR.
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