• In previous school years, Humble ISD allowed some students to exempt the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams because the score they obtained on another test, such as the PSAT, met the required cut score to waive the state EOC. These students’ parents were notified by Humble ISD that it would be optional for their child to take the EOC. 

    Humble ISD supported this flexibility for students. Unfortunately, this practice is no longer being allowed to continue due to the state and federal government. The U.S. Department of Education has told TEA that it must cease the policy.

    This school year, due to federal and state requirements, all students enrolled in Algebra I, Biology I, English I, English II, and U.S. History will be required to participate in STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams. For most students, this is not a change. However, it will be a change for students who otherwise would have been allowed to exempt the EOC because of their qualifying score on another test.

    The EOCs will be given on a school day, with schedules varying by course. The EOCs do not count for a grade but are a requirement for graduation.

    Typically, students are in Grade 8 or 9 when they take the Algebra I EOC;  grade 9 when they take the English I EOC; Grade 9 or 10 when they take the Biology I EOC; Grade 10 when they take the English II EOC; and Grade 11 when they take the U.S. History EOC.

    Students who received an exemption from an EOC in previous school years will be allowed to continue to use the exemption for that EOC to meet graduation requirements, provided it shows on the student’s test record in the student portal. (How to Access Your Student’s Test Record.) The exemption only applies to those who were enrolled in an EOC-tested course in a previous year. Those enrolled in an EOC-tested course this year must take the EOC.

    In summary, like all school districts in Texas, Humble ISD will be administering the EOC tests to all students enrolled in Algebra I, Biology I, English I, English II and U.S. History so that students can meet state graduation requirements.

    Please contact your child’s high school counselor should you have questions. 


  • What is EOC?

  • When do students take EOCs?

  • Why do students take EOCs?

  • What is a substitute assessment?

  • Do students enrolled in Algebra I, English I, and English II in prior school years who used a substitute assessment score in lieu of an EOC get to keep their exemptions? Are they grandfathered in?

  • Which tests does Humble ISD offer to students during a school day?

  • How does Humble ISD know if a student qualifies for a substitute assessment if needed for graduation requirements?

  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?