The state of Texas measures students mastery of specific knowledge and skills as defined in the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) through the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR.
Students are assessed in core subject areas - reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The number of tests a student takes each year ranges from two to four depending on the grade level:
- 6th grade Reading & Mathematics, May 2016
- 7th grade Writing, March 2016
- 7th grade Reading & Mathematics, May 2016
- 8th grade Reading & Mathematics, March 2016
- 8th grade Science & Social Studies, May 2016
You can access general STAAR resources on the Texas Education Website (link to the STAAR Resources page on TEA). http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/
STAAR testing dates are established by the Texas Education Agency. STAAR assessments have a four-hour time limit and campuses run altered bell schedules on days of STAAR testing as a result. See the campus calendar for exact STAAR assessment dates.
As always, we encourage students to get a solid night of rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the assessment.
Please refer to the resources section of the TEA website (link to the website) or visit with your child’s teacher if you have questions about a specific STAAR assessment.
It is important that students do well on the STAAR test to show their skills and how the school can still continue to help them with their fundamentals in each subject.
Lamar Middle School
Temple Independent School District
Temple ISD: A Global Education in Central Texas