Standards for the STAAR Program
Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be maintaining the initial performance
standards for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)
program for the 2014–2015 school year given the number of changes impacting the
STAAR program during this time. Changes include
of the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) mathematics curriculum,
of STAAR Modified,
administration of STAAR Accommodated, and
administration of the redesigned STAAR Alternate.
TEA will be proposing, through commissioner of education rules, changes to the existing
plan to phase in performance standards for the STAAR grades 3–8 and
end-of-course (EOC) assessment programs.
The existing plan
is being adjusted from two steps to three steps to allow for smaller, incremental
movements toward the final performance standards. New performance standards
will be established for the second phase-in and the newly established third phase-in
prior to moving to the final recommended performance standards.
timeline for the new three-step phase-in plan is outlined below.
current phase-in 1 performance standards will be maintained for the 2014–2015
new phase-in 2 performance standards will be implemented beginning in the
2015–2016 school year.
new phase-in 3 performance standards will be implemented beginning in the
2018–2019 school year.
final recommended performance standards will be implemented in the 2021–2022
policy regarding the way in which STAAR EOC performance standards are
determined for each student will remain unchanged. Current Texas Administrative
Code (TAC) Section 101.3022, Assessment Requirements for Graduation, specifies
that the standard in place when a student first takes an EOC assessment is the
standard that will be maintained throughout the student’s school career. For
example, if a student takes the STAAR Algebra I assessment in grade 7 or grade
8 at the phase-in 1 standard, all other EOC assessments required for graduation
will be scored at the phase-in 1 standard for that student (even if the standards
increase during the student’s high school career).
primary reason for the change in the phase-in plan is to provide additional
time for educators to adjust instruction to align with the more rigorous TEKS
measured by the STAAR program. Additional time is being provided by
- maintaining phase-in 1 for an
additional year due to significant changes to the assessment program in the
2014–2015 school year,
- including a three-step phase-in to
allow for smaller incremental movements toward the final recommended
performance standards, and
- lengthening each phase-in to allow time for
students to benefit from adjustments in instruction.
firmly believe that our students are capable of reaching the high expectations reflected
in the TEKS and the STAAR performance standards, moving to a three-step
phase-in plan gives educators additional time to make the significant adjustments
in instruction necessary to raise the level of performance of all Texas