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STAAR - State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR - pronounced "star") assesses Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills of core content areas.   Texas House Bill 3 (2019) requires all STAAR testing to be conducted online by the 2022-2023 school year.  Northwest ISD has decided to transition to online testing starting the 2020-2021 school year.

The following test will be administered online:

   - Reading and Mathematics, grades 3–8
Science at grades 5 and 8
Social studies at grade 8
End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for- English I, English II, Biology and U.S History

The following tests will continue to be offered paper mode for the 2020-2021 school year.

    - Writing at grades 4 and 7
    - End of Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I
    - STAAR Alt 2

Student Success Initiative (SSI)

Waiver of the Student Success Initiative Promotion Requirements

In light of past and current impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, SSI promotion/retention and retesting requirements have been waived for the 2020–2021 school year.

Accelerated instruction is still required for students that score at the did not meet level on 5th & 8th Reading and Math in May 2021.

The 87th Regular Legislative Session passed House Bill 4545, effective as of June 16, 2021. HB 4545 includes:

  • Eliminating grade retention based on STAAR scores in 5th and 8th grades.
  • Eliminating retesting requirements for 5th and 8th grades.
  • Establishment of an accelerated learning committee for any student who does not pass the STAAR reading and/or math test in 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade. 
  • Establishment of acceleration instruction requirements for any student who does not pass the STAAR tests in grader 3-8 or STAAR end-of-course (EOC).

Additional information:

SSI Waiver Information



Texas Education Agency - STAAR

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