STAAR Interim Assessments

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Overview of STAAR Interim Assessments

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created optional online interim assessments that align to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Test questions for the STAAR Interim Assessments are developed with Texas teachers and include some former STAAR items. These assessments will be available at no cost to districts and charter schools, and they are not tied to accountability. 

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STAAR Interim Assessments are a GREAT resource for teachers!

Below you will find valuable resources, short support videos, webinar opportunities, and important dates. 



STAAR Interim Assessments Blueprints

Covid-19 Support

Support Videos

  • STAAR Interim Assessments Overview: This video is intended for all curious audiences! Educators, parents, and administrators can learn the purpose and design of the STAAR Interim Assessments. 




  • Item-level report demonstration: In October 2020, TEA launched a new item-level reporting dashboard on the Online Reporting Suite (ORS). This report is at the student or group-level and allows teachers to make comparisons across students and student groups. 


Support Materials from Texas School Districts

Thank you, Clear Creek ISD, for your valuable resource and support! If your campus or district has resources they would like to share, please email them to

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Clear Creek ISD Interim Assessment Training Videos


Training Opportunities

Attendees of the STAAR Interim Assessments webinar series requested a document that contains the questions asked during the webinars and the answers to those questions. Click the link below to access a document that contains questions and answers for the webinar series.

Interim Assessment Overview and Updates
  • August 11, 2020 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar will provide an overview of the STAAR Interim Assessments, new functionality within the Online Reporting Suite (ORS) and the system requirements for the STAAR Online Testing Application. Recording (1 hour 19 minutes)
Interim Student Registration
  • August 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar will provide information for district testing coordinators as they prepare to register students for interim testing. The training will cover the registration upload file layout via the STAAR Assessment Management System. Recording (1 hour 35 minutes)
Classroom Teachers- Interpreting Student Interim Scores
  • August 18, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar, designed specifically with classroom teachers in mind, will cover the appropriate uses of student scores on the STAAR interim, how to create sub-rosters in the Assessment Management System, and how to use reported Interim student data to understand probabilities, relative strengths and weakness of Student Expectations, and the TEKS. Recording (1 hour 28 minutes)
A Deep Dive into the Online Reporting Suite (ORS) and Group Rostering
  • August 20, 2020, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT
    This webinar will cover all aspects of reporting for interim testing both in the STAAR Assessment Management System and the Online Reporting Suite as well as how to view the district, campus, and student level. We will also explore the full functionality of the real-time reporting system including viewing student responses and TEKS student expectations. Recording (1 hour 29 minutes)


Opportunity Dates and Subjects for 2020–2021

Districts can register students in the Texas Assessment Management System in the Online Reporting Suite. 


 First testing window

 Opportunity 1

 Registration opens:

 August 10, 2020


 Assessment window:

 August 17, 2020–March 31, 2021

 Second testing window

 Opportunity 2

 Registration opens:

 November 2, 2020


 Assessment window:

 November 23, 2020–March 31, 2021

 The STAAR interim assessments will be available for the following subjects and grade levels:    

 Two testing opportunities (available during  Opportunities 1 and 2)

 One testing opportunity (available during Opportunity 2 only)

 grades 3 through 8 reading

 English I

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 reading

 English II

 grades 3 through 8 mathematics

 grade 5 science

 Spanish grades 3 through 5 mathematics

 Spanish grade 5 science

 Algebra I

 grade 8 science


 grade 8 social studies




 U.S. History

 STAAR interim assessments include:

 Refreshable Braille

 reading, grade 8 social studies, English I, English II, U.S. History

 Content and Language   Supports

 available for all English and Spanish assessments

 Text-to-Speech  available for all English and Spanish assessments
  • Results from the STAAR interim assessments will be reported in the STAAR Assessment Management System and have been enhanced to include a new online reporting suite. The reporting suite contains district-level, campus-level, and student-level reports. Reports at the student level will include
    • the student’s response to each test question,
    • the TEKS student expectation for each test question, and
    • a pop-up window that shows the test question. 
  • Reports will continue to include data files and percentages representing the statistical probability of achieving “Approaches,” “Meets,” and “Masters” grade level expectations on STAAR.
Contact Information

For additional information, contact TEA using the Student Assessment Help Desk or call 512-463-9536. 


Campuses or districts that want to share resources created in-house related to STAAR Interim Assessments can send those to:

Resources shared will be available on this page for other districts to access and use.