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Middle School Testing
The TEA "STAAR Resources" page offers specific information about testing at each grade level, including curriculum assessment standards, a "blueprint" detailing the test structure, and sample test questions for each test.

  • Grade 6 Reading and Math
  • Grade 7 Reading, Math, and Writing
  • Grade 8 Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies

Student Performance
Once students have taken a STAAR test they will receive a score indicating their performance.  Student scores will fall into one of the three categories below:

  • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
  • Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Time Limits
TEA established a four hour time limit for both STAAR grade 3-8 tests and STAAR EOC tests.  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 requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.  If a grade 5 or 8 student is not successful on the grade level reading and/or math test, the student has two additional opportunities to retake the test.

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