STAAR vs. TAKS

End of Course Assessment vs. Multiple Course Testing
STAAR is the current Texas testing program for students in grades 3 through 12, designed to assess progress and to make sure youngsters are on track for graduation and/or college and careers. 

On this site you’ll find updated information for elementary,middle school and high school families about requirements, dates for tests and re-tests, and any changes to the program.You’ll also find FAQs, details about what’s being tested, and information about how the exams impact a student’s promotion to the next grade level.

Still have questions? Ask here. And check back from time to time for updates. The state legislature, through House Bill 5, made significant changes to STAAR in 2013, and it’s possible there may still more adjustments.

TAKS - June 2017 (English / Spanish)


Out-of-district (OOD) and out-of-school (OOS) exams

Out-of-district (OOD) and out-of-school (OOS) examinees may now register to take assessments for the December 2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) administration at any participating Texas campus. Refer to the December 2017 End-of-Course Out-of-District and Out-of-School Test Site Directory, available at http://texasassessment.com/administrators/test-administration/, for a list of participating campuses.
 
Examinees must register online at https://forms.texasassessment.com/out-of-district-form/ for the December 2017 STAAR administration.
 
The December 2017 STAAR EOC OOD and OOS registration window closes October 6, 2017. The assessments will be administered as follows:

  • English I – December 4                Out-of-district (OOD) Location       Out-of-school (OOS) Location
  • English II – December 6               *Academy of Choice                                     *Campus last attended
  • Algebra I – December 4–8             9016 Westview
  • Biology – December 4–8                Houston, TX 77055
  • U.S. History – December 4–8

Districts testing registered OOD and OOS examinees will receive precoded materials for these testers. OOD and OOS examinees who are not registered online by the deadline may still participate at a selected campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. If unregistered OOS examinees arrive for testing at a campus, they must be registered by campus personnel in the STAAR Assessment Management System under the Students > Register tab on the day of testing.
 
On the day(s) of testing, examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing time. EOC examinees must present picture identification to test. EOC examinees will not be able to take the assessment(s) without a picture ID.
 
For more information about STAAR OOD and OOS registration, contact the Texas Assessment Support Center at 855-333-7770 or STAAREOC@ets.org.

What is student assessment?

Assessment is the process of collecting data for the purposes of specifying and verifying student academic growth and making decisions about students. In SBISD we believe that grading, reporting, and communicating student learning are some of the educators' most important responsibilities to all stakeholders.