Testing (State and National Assessments)


    • STAAR will include the following elementary school assessments:

      • 3rd grade Mathematics and Reading 
      • 4th grade Mathematics, Reading and Writing
      • 5th grade Mathematics, Reading and Science

      For specific testing dates, see the Testing Calendar. 

      Time Limits:

      TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for the STAAR grades 3-8 assessments. TEA notes that a four-hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. Extra time may be offered to students who meet specific eligibility criteria. 

      STAAR™ Performance Standards

      Students will score in one of the four categories below:

      • Masters Grade Level
      • Meets Grade Level
      • Approaches Grade Level
      • Does Not Meet Grade Level

      Click to view the TEA website STAAR Performance Standards  

      SSI (Student Success Initiative)

      How does STAAR™ affect promotion to the next grade level?

      The Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the STAAR reading and mathematics*  tests at grades 5 and 8. It was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009.  As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.  The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. This effort depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working in partnership to meet individual student needs.  Students will be given up to three opportunities to pass each test (April, May and June).   

      Click to view the TEA website Student Success Initiative