Student Assessment

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Assessments provide educators and parents
meaningful information to support strong
teaching and guide students to their full potential.

 

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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STAAR

Summative academic tests for grades 3–12 

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STAAR Spanish

Summative academic tests for grades 3–5 

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STAAR Alternate 2

Summative academic tests for students with significant cognitive disabilities 

 

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TAKS

Summative academic tests administered prior to 2017–2018 school year 

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TELPAS

English language proficiency test

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TELPAS Alternate

English language proficiency test for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities 

 

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STAAR
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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House Bill 3906

Assessment initiatives required by legislation

 

 

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Did You Know?

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Many of the same questions about assessments come up regularly. Click here for a list of those FAQs.

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Make your search easier using our Student Assessment Directory.

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Texas educators actively participate in shaping all components of the Texas Assessment program.

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Texas leads the nation by developing the first alternate English language proficiency assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities, the TELPAS Alternate.

 



Quick Links

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COVID-19 Support: Student Assessment 

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Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code References

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Accommodation Resources

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Parent and Student Resources

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Educator and Administrator Resources

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Out-of-District and Out-of-School Examinee Resources

 



News Headlines

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Texas, Don’t Throw Out the STAAR Exam Just Because You Don’t Like the Results

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The 3 Ws of Testing and COVID-19

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How Teachers Help Texas Shape Its State Exams
Contact Information

The best way to make inquiries to the Student Assessment Division is via the Help Desk.