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Frequently Asked Questions about STAAR Testing

If my child receives remote instruction how will they be administered a STAAR assessment during the administration windows?
  • A student must be present at a monitored testing session and must be supervised by a trained test administrator.  Student will report to their home campus for their STAAR assessment.  NISD campuses will continue to follow appropriate public health protocols during any administration.

What do I do if my student is required to quarantine during the district scheduled assessment day and is not able to test during the remainder of the testing window?
  • If a student is not able to take a STAAR assessment during the allowable testing window due to COVID-19 quarantine, then the student's test should be marked "A" for absent.  There are extended testing windows this year to help reduce the likelihood that this situation occurs.


 Is there a time limit?

  • Yes. With the exception of the English I and English II EOCs, all STAAR tests for all grade levels have a four-hour time limit. English I and English II EOCs have a five-hour time limit. The test will start when students are directed to begin their test.

 

Are breaks allowed during STAAR assessment administration?
  • The following breaks are included in the time limit (time does NOT stop for): 
  • Breaks for water or snacks
  • Bathroom breaks
  • Breaks for physical activity (e.g. standing up and stretching)
  • The following breaks are not included in the time limit (time does stop for):
  • Routine medical breaks (e.g. to take medicine)
  • Breaks for lunch

 

Does my child have to pass the STAAR to be promoted to the next grade level?

  • The current Student Success Initiative legislation requires students in grades 5 & 8 to pass reading and mathematics assessments to advance to the next grade. For more information about SSI, see: English Brochure Spanish Brochure
  • 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.

 

What are the testing requirements for middle school students taking Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II?
  • Algebra I middle school students will take the Algebra I EOC. Middle school students taking Geometry or Algebra II will take their grade level STAAR assessments. All students grade 3-8 must take a Mathematics assessment per Texas Education Code (TEC) 39.023.

 

How are the STAAR EOC assessments related to graduation requirements?
  • Students must achieve Approaches in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History in order to be eligible for graduation. This is just one requirement for graduation. For more information about the additional graduation requirements, see: Graduation Requirements.


How many times can a student retake a STAAR EOC?
  • A student may retake an end-of-course assessment as many times as s/he may need to achieve Approaches.

 

What does the STAAR test?
  • The STAAR test assesses the readiness and supporting standards in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.  The STAAR emphasizes "readiness" standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject that follows and for college and career. 

 

What are the benefits of state testing?
  • Informs parents and the community of the educational progress of students on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards.
  •  Provides a more objective view of instruction and learning. Without assessments, education is a very anecdotal field based on qualitative information.
  •  Provides information on an initial basis in order for teachers to teach students according to their needs and expand their areas of 'expertise'.
  •  Data doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. The STAAR is one point of data NISD uses to understand how well instruction leads to learning. It is not the only point of data NISD uses. We believe the STAAR is one piece of the puzzle used to create a whole picture. There are numerous other pieces of the puzzle.


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