Students required to take the STAAR Assessments

Elementary students in grades 3 and above are required to take the assessments for specific subjects depending on grade level.

Subjects requiring STAAR 3–8 Assessments

Grade 3—Reading and Math

Grade 4—Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 5—Reading, Math and Science

Grade 6—Reading and Math

Student Performance

After each STAAR assessment is completed, students receive a score indicating performance. A student’s performance will fall into one of three categories:

Level I—Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Level II—Satisfactory Academic Performance

Level III—Advanced Academic Performance

Time Limits

TEA established a four-hour time limit for STAAR assessments administered to students in grades 3 through 5. TEA notes that a four-hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. These limits were adopted to align Texas testing practices with timed state and national assessments such as SAT, ACT and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs are offered.

Grade Advancement

The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grade 5 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. Retesting opportunities are available in May and June if necessary.

Sample Tests (each link opens a PDF)

Grade 3—Reading and Math

Grade 4—Reading, Math and Writing

Grade 5—Reading, Math and Science

Grade 6—Reading and Math

Test questions and answer keys for all grade levels can be found on TEA's website.

Test Schedule

To view AISD’s test schedule online please click here (PDF).