Texas Assessment Program Overview

The Texas Assessment Program

The Texas Assessment Program is a statewide testing program that includes the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), STAAR Alternate 2, the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), and TELPAS Alternate. These assessments were created to fulfill both state and federal requirements. The student assessment program is designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade or the extent to which a student has developed English language proficiency.


STAAR

STAAR helps to ensure that Texas students are competitive with other students both nationally and internationally. One important function of STAAR is to gauge how well schools and teachers are preparing their students academically. These assessments are specifically designed to measure individual student progress in relation to content that is in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Every STAAR question is directly aligned to the TEKS currently in effect for the grade and subject or course being assessed. STAAR includes

  • grades 3–8 mathematics,
  • grades 3–8 reading,
  • grades 5 and 8 science,
  • grade 8 social studies,
  • end-of-course (EOC) assessments for
    • Algebra I,
    • English I,
    • English II,
    • Biology,
    • U.S. History, and
  • Spanish assessments for
    • grades 3–5 mathematics,
    • grades 3–5 reading, and
    • grade 5 science.


STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate 2 is an assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards and is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who meet eligibility requirements. STAAR Alternate 2 is a paper-based assessment administered for

  • grades 3–8 mathematics,
  • grades 3–8 reading,
  • grades 5 and 8 science,
  • grade 8 social studies, and
  • end-of-course (EOC) assessments for
    • Algebra I,
    • English I,
    • English II,
    • Biology, and
    • U.S. History.


TELPAS

TELPAS measures the English language proficiency of English learners (ELs) in kindergarten through grade 12 in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The assessment components for grades K–1 and 2–12 include the following:

  • Grades K–1
    • holistically rated observational assessments of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Grades 2–12 
    • multiple-choice online reading tests in six grade clusters: 2, 3, 4–5, 6–7, 8–9, and 10–12
    • online listening and speaking tests in four grade clusters: 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12
    • holistically rated student writing collections


TELPAS Alternate

TELPAS Alternate is designed to measure the English language proficiency of ELs in grades 2–12 with the most significant cognitive disabilities who cannot participate in the general TELPAS assessment, even with allowable accommodations.

TELPAS Alternate is a holistic inventory aligned to the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); however, TELPAS Alternate is based on alternate proficiency level descriptors (PLDs) that were created to address the specific access needs of this student population. As with TELPAS, students assessed with TELPAS Alternate will be assessed in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.