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Middle School Students Will Participate In The Following Assessments Under STAAR:

Grade 6           Reading and Math

Grade 7           Reading, Math, and Writing

Grade 8           Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies

Grade 7-8       Algebra I  End-of-Course STAAR Test


What to expect on the test:

 English/Language Arts:

·         STAAR Reading assessments place a greater emphasis on critical analysis of passages that demonstrates greater understanding of text than a literal analysis.

·         The 7th grade STAAR Writing Assessment includes two essays: a personal narrative with a clearly defined focus communicating the importance of reasons for actions and/or consequences and a multi-paragraph expository essay.


·         Underlying processes and mathematical tools will be incorporated into at least 75% of the test questions from the content reporting categories and will be reported along with the content standards.

·         Questions are cognitively complex

    ·         Questions have multiple steps
    ·         The assessment includes questions that are asked in a reverse manner
           (e.g., “NOT” questions).
    ·         The assessment includes questions where the answer could be “Not here”,
           "None of the above”, or “All of the above.”


·         STAAR Science assessments are a cumulative exam including standards from 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The TEKS are building standards through 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, meaning the content in 8th grade contains background knowledge the students learned in 6th and 7th grades.

·         The assessment measures student grasp of concepts and skills built through middle school science.

 Social Studies:

·         The assessment requires students to process information and arrive at a conclusion.

·         The assessment requires students to read and analyze primary and secondary sources such as visuals, maps and excerpts.  

Student Performance:

Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Student performance will fall in to one of the three categories below.


  •          Level III: Advanced Academic Performance (Commended)
  •          Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
  •          Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Time Limits:

TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments. TEA notes that a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. The rationale for time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.

Impact on Grade Advancement:

The Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both STAAR reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. Students will test in April.  Any student who needs to retest will be tested in May.  Summer testing will be provided in June with a 3rd opportunity to pass the STAAR 5th & 8th grade reading and math exam.