STAAR Participation Requirements

All students enrolled in Texas public schools and open-enrollment charter schools are expected to participate in the Texas Assessment Program. 

For English learners (ELs), assessment decisions are made in accordance with agency guidelines by each student’s language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC).  For students receiving 504 or special education services, assessment decisions are made in accordance with agency guidelines by each student’s Section 504 committee or admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee. 

Participation Requirements for Students Enrolled in Grades 3–8

Students in grades 3–8 must be tested at their enrolled grade level as required in the Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.023(a).

Exceptions to this requirement may exist for students receiving instruction above grade level. These students should take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) for the subjects in which they are receiving above-grade instruction if an assessment exists. For example, a student in grade 7 who is receiving instruction in grade 8 science would take the STAAR grade 8 science assessment and the STAAR grade 7 mathematics and reading assessments.

For students who are receiving accelerated instruction across multiple grade levels, districts should carefully evaluate the content of the instruction as it relates to the STAAR grade-level assessments to ensure that students are provided the best opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the grade-level content. For example, if students are receiving instruction in all grade 6 and some grade 7 mathematics curricula during a school year, the students should be administered the STAAR grade 6 mathematics assessment. It would not be appropriate to administer the grade 7 assessment to these students since they have not been given the opportunity to learn all the grade 7 mathematics curriculum.

Students in grades 3–8 who are enrolled in a high school course will take the corresponding STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessment in place of their grade-level assessment in that subject area. These students must take all other STAAR grade-level assessments. For example, a grade 8 student enrolled in Algebra I will take the STAAR Algebra I assessment, as well as the STAAR grade 8 reading, science, and social studies assessments. In addition, this student will need to take either the ACT or the SAT once in high school to fulfill federal testing requirements for mathematics.

Participation Requirements for Students Enrolled in High School Courses

Regardless of enrolled grade level, students should take the STAAR EOC assessments—Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History—as they are completing the corresponding courses since these assessments are required for high school graduation based on TEC, §39.025.

Accelerated students who complete STAAR EOC testing requirements in middle school for a particular content area are required to take the ACT or the SAT once in high school to fulfill federal testing requirements. 

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