Student Assessment

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The Student Assessment Division is responsible for the development and administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) and the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). The Texas Assessment program includes more than just the STAAR summative tests. Assessment tools and resources provide educators and parents meaningful information to support strong teaching and guide students to their full potential. Without assessments, it’s hard to measure how well all Texas students are learning and understanding subjects and course material throughout their educational experience. For many Texas students, assessments also help measure how well they are mastering the English language.

Texas Assessment Program Components 

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Summative academic assessments for grades 3–12

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STAAR Alternate 2

Summative academic tests for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities

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English language proficiency test


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TELPAS Alternate

English language proficiency test for English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities

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Interim Assessments

Optional diagnostic tests to monitor student progress

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Texas Formative
Assessment Resource

Optional online tool for formative assessments


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Contact Information

Student Assessment Division

(512) 463-9536

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Assessment Help Desk