This webpage contains STAAR resources for grades 3–8 mathematics, Algebra I, and Algebra II assessments. It includes tested curriculum, test blueprints, and reference charts for each grade level and course of study.
TEA releases two types of test questions for the STAAR program—sample questions and test forms. Sample test questions are small subsets of test questions released from the STAAR test banks. These test questions may have been previously administered. A test form is a set of released test questions previously administered together to Texas students which reflects the STAAR test blueprints.
The basic score on any test is the raw score, which is simply the number of questions correct. You can interpret a raw score only in terms of a particular set of test questions. Unlike raw scores, you can interpret scale scores across different sets of test questions. Scale scores allow direct comparisons of student performance between specific sets of test questions from different test administrations. A scale score is a conversion of the raw score onto a scale that is common to all test forms for that assessment. The scale score takes into account the difficulty level of the specific set of questions based on the test. It quantifies a student’s performance relative to the passing standards or proficiency levels.
These reports show the item number, the reporting category measured by the item, and the percentage of students selecting each possible answer choice for that test item. Use the item analysis summary reports in conjunction with the released test forms.
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.
Section 28.008 of the Texas Education Code, entitled "Advancement of College Readiness in Curriculum," was created by the Third Special Called Session of the 79th Texas Legislature. This section requires that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) establish discipline-based faculty teams to develop College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) that address what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level college courses offered at Texas public community/technical colleges and universities.
The purpose of this tool is to support and outline how to plan focused, targeted, and systematic instruction to meet the linguistic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) identified at the beginning and intermediate proficiency levels in grade 3 or higher, as well as explore the language development process.