Will there be a time limit for tests in the STAAR program?
Will there be SSI retest opportunities for grades 5 and 8 reading and mathematics in the 2011–2012 school year?
Q What is STAAR?
A The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) program beginning in spring 2012. The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same grades and subjects as are assessed on TAKS. For high school, general subject-area TAKS tests will be replaced with twelve STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments.
To view all State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) resources, visit the STAAR webpage.
Q Will there be a time limit for tests in the STAAR program?
A All tests in the STAAR program will have a four-hour time limit. The test will start when students are directed to turn to the first question. TEA will review the four-hour time limit after the first STAAR administration in spring 2012 to determine if the policy needs to be reconsidered or adjusted for specific grades, subjects, or courses. Accommodations for extra time or an extra day will be available for students who meet eligibility criteria for their use.
Q Will there be SSI retest opportunities for grades 5 and 8 reading and mathematics in the 2011–2012 school year?
A SSI retest opportunities will not be offered in May or June of 2012 because performance standards for STAAR 3–8 will not be set until October 2012. For the 2011–2012 school year, districts will make promotion/retention decisions based on the same academic information (e.g., the recommendation of the student's teacher and the student's grade in the subject) used to make these decisions in non-SSI grades. As stated in TEC §28.021(a), "a student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level."