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K-8 STAAR Information

STAAR tests for K-8 students

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  • Mathematics and Reading: 3rd - 8th grade
  • Writing: 4th and 7th grade only
  • Science: 5th and 8th grade only
  • Social Studies: 8th grade only
PACE STAAR testing
Due to the change in Math TEKS, PACE Math students will take the following STAAR in the spring of 2015:
  • 5th grade PACE students take the 5th grade STAAR
  • 6th grade PACE students take the 6th grade STAAR
  • 7th grade PACE students take the 8th grade STAAR
  • 8th grade PACE students take Algebra I EOC
What scores are needed to pass STAAR?
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) identifies four performance categories:  

Green ribbon Masters Grade Level - Performance at this level indicates that a student shows mastery of the course content and is on track for college/career readiness.

Blue checkmarkMeets Grade Level - Performance at this level indicates that a student shows strong knowledge of course content and is prepared to progress to the next grade level.


Purple arrowApproaches Grade Level - Performance at this level indicates that a student shows some knowledge of course content, but may need additional support during the following school year.


Red exclamation pointDid Not Meet Grade Level- Performance at this level indicates that a student shows a lack of understanding of course content, and needs significant support during the following school year. 

Are 5th and 8th grade students required to pass STAAR in order to be promoted?
Yes, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
What happens if my student is enrolled in a high school course in middle school?
Middle school students who are enrolled in a high school level course required for graduation such as Algebra l will be required to take the End-of-Course (EOC) exam for that course. However, students in grades 6-8 may not be denied promotion based on unsatisfactory performance on STAAR EOC exams.