Elementary School

Elementary Students Will Participate In The Following Assessments Under STAAR:

Grade 3 Reading and Math

Grade 4 Reading, Math, and Writing

Grade 5 Reading, Math, and Science


What to expect on the test:


  • Fewer, deeper, clearer focus on standards.
  • STAAR math is linked to college and career readiness and will emphasize “readiness” standards.
  • Defined as those TEKS considered critical for success in the current grade or subject.
  • Important for preparedness in the grade or subject that follows.


 English/Language Arts

  • STAAR Reading assessments emphasize the student's ability to think critically and inferentially about different types of texts. The 4th grade STAAR Writing Assessment Requires two essays:  personal narrative and expository essay


  • The elementary STAAR Science assessment is given in the 5th grade.  This assessment is a cumulative exam including standards from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  The TEKS are building standards through 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, meaning the content in 5th grade contains background knowledge the students learned in 3rd and 4th grades.

Student Performance:

Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Students 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 STAAR grades 3-8 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 exams.


Student Success Initiative (SSI)






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