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STAAR Test FAQ - Resources, Dates, Results, and More

Do you know the date of your STAAR test? How can you check your STAAR test scores? What do your STAAR scores mean? What happens if you miss a STAAR test? What happens if you fail? How do you ensure you pass the STAAR test? And what are the STAAR Performance Standards? You have the questions, and we have the answers.
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STAAR Test Dates

These are the STAAR test dates for 2016-2017:
STAAR Test Date Makeup Date EOC Test Date Makeup Date
Grade 3 MathematicsMay 8 (Mon)May 12 (Fri) Algebra I Dec 5–Dec 9


Grade 3 ReadingMay 9 (Tue)May 12 (Fri) May 1–May 5


Grade 4 MathematicsMay 8 (Mon)May 12 (Fri) June 19–June 23


Grade 4 ReadingMay 9 (Tue)May 12 (Fri) Biology Dec 5–Dec 9


Grade 4 WritingMar 28 (Tues)Mar 31 (Fri) May 1–May 5


Grade 5 MathematicsMar 28 (Tues)Mar 31 (Fri) June 19–June 23


Grade 5 ReadingMar 29 (Wed)Mar 31 (Fri) English I Dec 5 (Mon) Dec 9 (Fri)
Grade 5 ScienceMay 10 (Wed)May 12 (Fri) Mar 28 (Tues) Mar 31 (Fri)
Grade 6 MathematicsMay 8 (Mon)May 12 (Fri) June 19 (Mon) June 23 (Fri)
Grade 6 ReadingMay 9 (Tue)May 12 (Fri) English II Dec 7 (Wed) Dec 9 (Fri)
Grade 7 MathematicsMay 8 (Mon)May 12 (Fri) Mar 30 (Thur) Mar 31 (Fri)
Grade 7 ReadingMay 9 (Tue)May 12 (Fri) June 21 (Wed) June 23 (Fri)
Grade 7 WritingMar 28 (Tues)Mar 31 (Fri) U.S. History Dec 5–Dec 9


Grade 8 MathematicsMar 28 (Tues)Mar 31 (Fri) May 1–May 5


Grade 8 ReadingMar 29 (Wed)Mar 31 (Fri) June 19–June 23


Grade 8 ScienceMay 10 (Wed)May 12 (Fri)
Grade 8 Social StudiesMay 11 (Thurs)May 12 (Fri)

How to Check Your STAAR Test Scores

All students receive a copy of their scores on the STAAR exams in addition to other statistical data about their performance. This is called the Confidential Student Report (CSR). In addition to the paper copy, students and parents can access the scores via the student data portal using the code listed at the bottom of the Confidential Student Report.

STAAR Test Results

The Confidential Student Report (CSR) contains valuable information regarding the student's performance:

  • Scale Score – The STAAR scale score compares a student’s score with the Satisfactory and Advanced performance levels. It indicates how far above or below these performance levels your child’s achievement is. There are two types of scale scores used by the STAAR test:

  • Horizontal Scale Score – This scale score is used to measure a student's performance on grades 4 and 7 Writing, grades 5 and 8 Science, and grade 8 Social Studies. The scale is used to determine performance levels and to compare the student's score to that of his or her peers. However, the horizontal scale cannot be used to measure the student's progress throughout the years.

  • Vertical Scale Score – This scale score is used to measure a student's performance on STAAR grades 3–8 Reading and Mathematics. Unlike the horizontal scale score, it can evaluate a student’s progress across grades in a particular subject. The vertical scale score is also used to determine performance levels and to compare the student's score to that of his or her peers, but it cannot be compared across subject areas within the same assessment program.

  • STAAR Performance Standards – A student's scale score falls into one of the three possible performance standards on the STAAR:

  • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance – Students in this category exhibit a high level of preparation for the next grade or course. Since they demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar, they are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention.

  • Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance – Students in this category indicate that they are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course. Since they generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts, they are likely to succeed in the next grade or course, although they may need short-term, targeted academic intervention.

  • Level I: Unsatisfactory – Students in this category are unprepared for the next grade or course and are unlikely to pass it without intervention. Since they do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills in their current grade or course, they require significant, ongoing academic intervention.

  • Progress Measure – This section, which is located right underneath the name of each section, contains information about a student's improvement in a specific subject area. This measure helps demonstrate whether the student is making reasonable progress in acquiring the academic skills necessary for his or her grade level.

  • Items Correct and Items Tested – The columns to the left of each STAAR test list the number of items the student answered correctly as well as the total number of questions tested for each STAAR test. This is the student's raw score. The percent of correct answers is shown next to the columns.

  • Writing Performance Results – If a student took the STAAR Writing test, he or she can find the score of the composition next to the score of the multiple-choice section. This section lists the student's score as well as the total possible score he or she could have earned. The final column describes the level of writing performance the student demonstrated on the composition. The written composition score ratings are shown below:
  • 0 = Non-scorable
  • 2 = Very Limited
  • 3 = Between Very Limited and Basic
  • 4 = Basic
  • 5 = Between Basic and Satisfactory
  • 6 = Satisfactory
  • 7 = Between Satisfactory and Accomplished
  • 8 = Accomplished

Learn more about the STAAR Writing test here.

  • Short Answer Rating – These ratings are similar to those of the written composition, but not identical:
  • 0 = Insufficient
  • 1 = Partially Sufficient
  • 2 = Sufficient
  • 3 = Exemplary

What Happens If You Miss the STAAR Test?

Students may make up the STAAR tests they missed on the Friday of the testing week. For students in grades 3–8, this is their final chance to pass the STAAR test. Students in high school taking the STAAR EOC exams have three chances each school year to pass the test. These testing opportunities are spread out throughout the year—spring, summer, or fall administrations. For example, if a student took Algebra I in his or her freshman year, the student will have ten chances to pass the STAAR Algebra I test. If, however, he or she took the course in his or her junior year, he or she will have only four testing opportunities.

What Happens If You Fail the STAAR Test?

If a student fails the STAAR test, the school district provides the student with accelerated instruction to help him or her catch up to his or her peers. The accelerated instruction can take place during the student's free time and does not interfere with his or her schooling. If the student fails the STAAR again, the Grade Placement Committee (GPC) will try to provide an accelerated instruction tailored to the student's needs. If the student fails a third time, he or she may not be promoted to the next grade, unless the GPC and the student's parents decide the student will be able to cope with next year's academic demands, as long as he or she is still studying with the accelerated instruction.

The situation is different, however, in the 5th and 8th grades. If students fail the Reading and Math STAAR tests, they are given two additional opportunities to pass and be promoted to the next year's grade. Districts may decide to give students an alternative assessment on the third try. Should they fail the alternative assessment, they cannot be promoted to the next grade. If they are promoted after all, they must take all foundation curriculum subjects in addition to the current grade's material.

How to Pass the STAAR Test

Here are a few tips to help your student ace the STAAR:

  • Practice, practice, and more practice. The STAAR assesses both skill and knowledge, which are categorized as readiness and supportive standards. These standards are not only relevant for the student's current grade, but for his or her future college and career readiness. The surest way to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge is with practice. Regular and gradual practice is the most effective means to ensure long-term retention of the material and the success of the student. Try our practice pack now and start preparing today.

  • Talk with your child's teachers. Approach your child’s teachers and ask them about your child’s progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Ask if your child is struggling with any of the topics he or she will later be tested on so you could provide him or her with the right practice. Monitor your child's progress in school to better focus your child's practice routine.

  • Create a studying schedule. Students should study a few hours each day to ensure they master the material on which they are being tested. Acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills won't happen overnight, so students should practice regularly. This method will help them retain the material better than if they were to try to cram the material the night before the test. While studying, mark the standards that posed a challenge for the student and remember to review them before the test.

  • Read. Reading interesting and challenging books, plays, poems, and news articles is the best way to expand vocabulary and enhance a student's reading comprehension. Highlight and learn the definitions of new words. Ask challenging questions about the plot, the characters, and the author's intention.

  • Find applications for math in everyday life. Math can and should be used to solve everyday problems on a regular basis. Encourage your child to use math routinely, not just in the classroom or while doing his or her homework. Also, it is important to help your child develop the habit of solving problems step by step and in an orderly manner to avoid mistakes.

  • Students should get a good night's rest before the test as well as eat a healthy breakfast to start the day. Doing so will help to ensure they remain alert and focused throughout the exam.

  • Smile. Students have prepared and studied for the test, and now they are more than ready. Maintain a positive and relaxed attitude to ensure the student feels the same. Students should be familiar with the test's format and material by the time they take the test, so there is no need to apply extra pressure on the day of the test.

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