The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test is being redesigned to make the test more tightly aligned to the classroom experience.
More than 600 educators and 200 students have provided input to ensure STAAR better reflects the classroom experience. Ninety-two percent of educated who reviewed the STAAR redesign said the new types of questions will allow students to better demonstrate their knowledge. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–2023 school year.
The STAAR redesign includes several components:
- Online Testing and Accommodations
- New Question Types
- Cross-curricular Passages
- Evidence-based Writing
Hear what teachers are saying about the STAAR redesign
With the 2023 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) completed, this is the first of regular updates on changes to reporting and results due to the STAAR redesign this year. The new exams were fully implemented for this year’s spring testing in all grades/subjects and courses, and the new format will require a longer processing time.
The Texas Education Agency has provided the following schedule of dates when families can expect preliminary and final assessment reports for End of Course (EOC) and STAAR exams to be posted in the Texas Assessment Portal. As these dates approach, we will send you information on how to view your child’s results.
Preliminary Assessment Results for Families
Final Assessment Results for Families
STAAR End of Course (EOC) Assessments
June 30, 2023
August 11, 2023
STAAR Grades 3-8 Assessments
No preliminary results
August 16, 2023
Online Testing and Accommodations
House Bill (HB) 3261, enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021, requires state assessments to be administered online by the 2022–2023 school year. Online administration allows students to receive accommodations like those they get in the classroom, provides faster test results, improves test operations, and allows new non-multiple-choice questions. This transition will require nearly all students to be assessed online, with the exceptions of students taking the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment and students who require accommodations that cannot be provided online. See what educators have to say about the robust accommodations available to students through online testing.
There will be an increase in the number of cross-curricular informational passages that reference content aligned to the TEKS for other subject areas (e.g., social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, etc.). While the cross-curricular passages on reading language arts (RLA) test will include topics from other subject areas, the questions will only assess RLA TEKS; students will not be scored on their understanding of TEKS for other subject areas.
Resources to Support New Question Types
New Question Types
House Bill 3906 established a “multiple choice cap,” meaning that no more than 75% of points on a STAAR test can be based on multiple choice questions. Texas educators are helping design new question types that reflect classroom test questions and allow students more ways to show their understanding. All possible new question types are being field-tested with students to ensure validity before they are incorporated into the redesigned summative tests beginning in spring 2023.
Resources to Support New Question Types
- Full-length online practice test
- Answer keys to Full-length online practice tests (PDF posted 11/30/22)
- Full-length paper practice test
- New question type online samplers
- New question type paper samplers (PDF posted 09/29/22)
- Answer keys to online samplers of new question types
- New question types by grade level and content area (PDF posted 09/08/22)
- New question types scoring and reporting guides
- Math (PDF posted 8/15/22)
- Reading Language Arts (PDF posted 08/19/22)
- Science (PDF posted 1/27/22)
- Social Studies (PDF posted 1/27/22)
- Spanish Reading Language Arts (PDF posted 8/25/22)
- RLA Writing Rubrics-English/Spanish
- STAAR Scoring Guides (Samples)
- RLA Grades 3-5 Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- RLA Grades 3-5 Constructed Response-Spanish (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- RLA Grades 6-8 Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- English I and II Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- Science Grade 5 Short Constructed Response-English/Spanish (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- Science Grade 8 Short Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- Biology Short Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- Social Studies Grade 8 Short Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- US History Short Constructed Response (PDF posted 10/7/22)
- Updated test blueprints
Beginning with the 2022–2023 school year, RLA assessments will assess both reading and writing (grades 3–8 English, grades 3–5 Spanish, and English I and II End-of-Course) and will include new question types and an extended constructed response, or essay, at every grade level.
Based on research and educator feedback, the essay component will shift from a standalone prompt to writing in response to a reading selection. Students will write in one of three possible modes: informational, argumentative, or correspondence and will be scored using a 5-point rubric. The rubric will include two main components: idea development and language conventions.
Resources to Support Evidence-based Writing on all Tests