2019-2020 STAAR Middle School Testing Information
Middle School Students Will Participate In The Following Assessments Under STAAR:
Grade 6 Reading and Math
Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing
Grade 8 Reading, Math*, Science, and Social Studies
Grade 8 Algebra I EOC* (Students not scoring at Approaches Grade Level or higher will retake the Algebra I EOC in high school until they reach Approaches Grade Level - it does not impact their credit for the course.)
Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Student performance will fall in to one of the four categories below.
MASTERS GRADE LEVEL Performance in this category indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.
MEETS GRADE LEVEL Performance in this category indicates that students have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.
APPROACHES GRADE LEVEL Performance in this category indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.
DID NOT MEET GRADE LEVEL Performance in this category indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.
TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC 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 grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grades 5 & 8
Texas Education Agency Student Success Initiative Link to Student Success Initiative brochures in English and SpanishFor more testing resources and information you can contact the WMS Testing Coordinator, Lisa Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org at 281-641-5215.STAAR ALT 2 Resources and InformationTEA has developed the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.Please click the link below for a Parent's Guide to STAAR ALT 2Double Testing in Math
Every year the questions about math testing and students who are currently enrolled in above grade level math classes arise:As of 10/21/2014 the current policy is:Students will not be double tested in STAAR Math. This is subject to change, but if that becomes the case we will update the information on our Website.Students taking 7th grade Pre-AP math will take their 7th grade level STAAR test only.Students taking algebra as an 8th grader will only test the EOC Algebra test.Students in 7th grade taking Algebra will test only the EOC Algebra and NOT their 7th grade STAAR math test.