STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness which is the state's student testing program. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which are the state curriculum standards. Beginning in grade 3 through high school graduation, students will be tested in the core subject areas of reading, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies.
How many STAAR tests are there each year in elementary and middle school?
The number of tests taken each year will vary, depending on the grade level:
- Grade 3 - Mathematics, Reading
- Grade 4 - Mathematics, Reading
- Grade 5 - Mathematics, Reading, Science
- Grade 6 - Mathematics, Reading
- Grade 7 - Mathematics, Reading
- Grade 8 - Mathematics, Reading, Science, Social Studies
What are the five tests required in high school?
In order to graduate from a Texas public high school, students must pass five end-of-course tests:
- English I
- English II
- Algebra I
- US History
Unless a student is eligible for an accommodation, each student will have four hours to complete each assessment - except for the high school English I and English II end-of-course exams which have a five-hour time limit.
Where can I find more information about STAAR?
The latest information about STAAR can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at