AUSTIN – School districts and charters have been advised by
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams that due to the transition to revised
curriculum standards in mathematics, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®
for grades 5 and 8 mathematics will be administered only once in the
2014–2015 school year.
As a result, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) requirement
that students in grades 5 and 8 must pass the STAAR mathematics assessment in
order to move onto the next grade level will be suspended for the coming school
“There are substantial challenges associated with implementation
of the revised mathematics statewide curriculum standards in the STAAR grades
3–8 assessments,” said Commissioner Williams in his May 1 letter to superintendents.
“For the 2014–2015 school year, districts will use other relevant academic
information to make promotion or retention decisions for mathematics.”
Commissioner Williams noted this suspension of the 5th
and 8th grade mathematics requirement applies only for the 2014–2015
school year. State law requiring students in grades 5 and 8 to pass the STAAR
reading exam in order to proceed to the next grade level will still be in
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the
statewide curriculum standards, are reviewed and updated on a regular basis by
the State Board of Education. As TEKS revisions are made, changes are
subsequently made to the assessment program to maintain a strong, direct, and
effective link between the TEKS and statewide assessments.
Revised TEKS in mathematics were adopted by the State
Board in April 2012. The revised TEKS for kindergarten through grade 8 will be
implemented in classrooms and in the grades 3–8 assessment program in the
2014–2015 school year.
Because performance standards for STAAR grades 3–8
mathematics will not be set until after the spring 2015 administration, retest
opportunities for STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics will not be offered in May
and June of 2015. This is similar to the approach used in spring 2012 for the
first administration of STAAR.
learn more about STAAR mathematics, please visit the Texas Education Agency’s STAAR
Mathematics Resources webpage at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/math/.