STAAR for Middle School
STAAR Assessments for Middle School Students Testing Requirements for Students in Honors or Algebra I
- Honors students enrolled in core high school courses (i.e., Algebra I) must pass STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) tests as part of their graduation requirement.
- Per TEA, middle school students enrolled in Algebra I will be required to take the Algebra I STAAR EOC.
- The current dates for the STAAR test are found here on the TEA website.
Student Performance Standards
Please refer to the TEA website for current student performance guidelines using this link.
STAAR performance standards relate levels of test performance to the expectations defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Cut scores established by the agency distinguish between performance levels, or categories. The process of establishing cut scores that define performance levels for an assessment is standard setting. Standard setting is also used to classify students into an appropriate performance category.
For STAAR and STAAR Spanish, the labels for the performance categories are:
- Masters Grade Level
- Meets Grade Level
- Approaches Grade Level
- Did Not Meet Grade Level
Impact on Grade Advancement
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.
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. This effort depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working in partnership to meet individual student needs.