The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program is the state-required testing program used in public elementary and secondary schools. The test results determine whether students have the state-required subject-area and grade-level knowledge and mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Because RYSS receives state funding as an open-enrollment charter district, its schools are required to administer the STAAR, which includes annual assessments for:
- Reading and Mathematics, grades 3–8
- Writing at grades 4 and 7
- Science at grades 5 and 8
- Social Studies at grade 8
- End-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S History.
Beginning in spring 2016, STAAR English III and Algebra II will be available for districts to administer as optional assessments.
In addition to the STAAR for general education purposes, the testing program includes other versions to accommodate students with specific learning needs and abilities.
STAAR A is an accommodated version of STAAR©, it is offered as an online assessment in the same grades and subjects as STAAR. The passing standards for STAAR A are the same as any STAAR test. It provides embedded supports designed to help students with disabilities access the content being assessed. These embedded supports include visual aids, graphic organizers, clarifications of construct-irrelevant terms, and text-to-speech functionality.
Students receiving the following services may be administered STAAR A in one or more subjects:
- Students with identified disabilities who are receiving special education services
- Students identified with dyslexia or a related disorder (as defined in Texas Education Code §38.003) and are receiving Section 504 services
If a student is in one of these categories and receives accommodations in instruction similar to those found in STAAR A, the STAAR A Eligibility Requirements should be reviewed. Additional eligibility criteria found in this document must be met in order for a student to take STAAR A.
STAAR L is a linguistically accommodated English version of the STAAR Grade 3–8 and end-of-course (EOC) mathematics, science, and social studies assessments. TEA provides the STAAR L for English language learners (ELLs). ELL students must meet participation requirements for a substantial degree of linguistic accommodation in these subject areas. STAAR L is an online testing program.
STAAR Alternate 2 was developed to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services