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STAAR is given to students in grades 3-8 and to students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, English I and II, U. S. History and biology. The testing calendar shows the tests given and the dates they will be given.

High School Tests

STAAR will include the following End of Course assessments:

  • Math: Algebra I
  • Science: Biology
  • English Language Arts: English I, English II
  • Social Studies: U.S. History

Junior High Tests

STAAR™ will include the following Junior High assessments:

  • 6th grade Mathematics and Reading
  • 7th grade Mathematics, Reading, and Writing
  • 8th grade Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies and Science

Elementary School Tests

STAAR™ will include the following elementary school assessments:

  • 3rd grade Mathematics and Reading
  • 4th grade Mathematics, Reading, and Writing
  • 5th grade Mathematics, Reading, and Science

What’s different about STAAR™?

STAAR will include more difficult testing and require a higher level of student performance. Assessments will increase in length at most grades and subjects. There will also be a four-hour time limit for the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments and the STAAR EOC assessments.

For reading, greater emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of passages rather than literal understanding. The 7th-grade writing test will include three compositions: a personal narrative that has a clearly defined focus and communicates the importance of or reasons for actions and/or consequences and multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic (also referred to as expository).


On the science and mathematics tests, STAAR will include a type of open-ended question known as a griddable item. The purpose of griddable items is to allow students to develop answers independently without being influenced by answer choices provided with the questions (commonly known as multiple-choice). Most science and mathematics assessments will include three to five griddable items.

STAAR 2016-17 Test Dates

March 28 (Tues):

  • Grade 4 Writing
  • Grade 7 Writing
  • Grade 5 Mathematics
  • Grade 8 Mathematics
  • English I

March 29 (Wed):

  • Grade 5 Reading
  • Grade 8 Reading

March 30 (Thur):

  • English II
May 1 (Mon):
  • Algebra I EOC
  • US History EOC

May 2 (Tues):

  • Biology EOC

May 8 (Mon):

  • Grades 3-4 Mathematics
  • Grades 6-7 Mathematics

May 9 (Tues):

  • Grades 3-4 Reading
  • Grades 6-7 Reading

May 10 (Wed):

  • Grade 5 Science
  • Grade 8 Science

May 11 (Thur):

  • Grade 8 Social Studies