STAAR Performance Standards

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STAAR performance standards relate levels of test performance to the expectations defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Cut scores established by the agency distinguish between performance levels, or categories.  The process of establishing cut scores that define performance levels for an assessment is standard setting. Standard setting is also used to classify students into an appropriate performance category.

For the general STAAR assessments, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A, the labels for the performance categories are

  • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
  • Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance
  • Level I: Unsatisfactory
  • STAAR Standard Setting Technical Report (PDF posted 03/25/13)
  • STAAR Standard Setting Questions and Answers (PDF updated 05/12/14)
  • STAAR 3-8 Standard Setting Process Overview (PDF posted 01/29/13)
  • STAAR EOC Standard Setting Process Overview (PDF posted 04/24/12)
  • STAAR Performance Labels and Policy Definitions (PDF updated 01/29/13)
  • STAAR Performance Level Descriptors (PDF updated 01/11/13) 
  • STAAR Performance Standards Chart (PDF posted 08/28/14)
  • STAAR Phase-in Illustration (PDF posted 08/28/14)
  • STAAR EOC External Validity Studies
  • TAKS Equivalent Information (Bridge Study) Tables

  • For additional information, contact:

    Student Assessment Division
    (512) 463-9536
    student.assessment@tea.state.tx.us