TEA revises STAAR performance labels 

The Texas Education Agency has revised the way it labels how a student has performed on the STAAR tests in grades 3-12, and the new labels will be used for students taking STAAR this spring. (See STAAR testing dates here.)

Students receive a numerical grade on their STAAR tests, and these numerical grades are grouped into categories that are referred to as “labels.” Previously, a student’s performance was labeled as Advanced, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory. Now there are four categories instead of three. The new labels are as follows:

Masters Grade Level (passing): Previously known as Advanced, Masters Grade Level means that a student who earns this grade is expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Meets Grade Level (passing): Students at this performance level have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Approaches Grade Level (passing): This level was previously known as Satisfactory, and students at this level have met the assessment requirements for purposes of Student Success Initiative grade promotion and graduation and are considered to have met at least the minimum passing standard. A student achieving Approaches Grade Level is likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.

Does Not Meet Grade Level (not passing): This performance category, formerly known as Unsatisfactory, applies to students scoring below Approaches Grade Level. Students at this level have not passed, since performance at this level indicates a student is unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.

The tables below indicate minimum passing scores. Anything less than the Approaches Grade Level score would be considered not passing or Does Not Meet Grade Level.

STAAR END-OF-COURSE EXAMS

Assessment Approaches Grade Level Meets Grade Level Masters Grade Level
Algebra I 3550 4000 4333
Biology 3550 4000 4576
English I 3750 4000 4691
English II 3750 4000 4831
U.S. History 3550 4000 4440

STAAR ENGLISH EXAMS IN GRADES 3-8

English Assessment Approaches Grade Level Meets Grade Level Masters Grade Level
Grade 3 Mathematics 1360 1486 1596
Grade 4 Mathematics 1487 1589 1670
Grade 5 Mathematics 1500 1625 1724
Grade 6 Mathematics 1536 1653 1772
Grade 7 Mathematics 1575 1688 1798
Grade 8 Mathematics 1595 1700 1854
Grade 3 Reading 1345 1468 1555
Grade 4 Reading 1434 1550 1633
Grade 5 Reading 1470 1582 1667
Grade 6 Reading 1517 1629 1718
Grade 7 Reading 1567 1674 1753
Grade 8 Reading 1587 1700 1783
Grade 4 Writing 3550 4000 4612
Grade 7 Writing 3550 4000 4602
Grade 5 Science 3550 4000 4402
Grade 8 Science 3550 4000 4406
Grade 8 Social Studies 3550 4000 4268

STAAR SPANISH EXAMS IN GRADES 3-8

Assessment Approaches Grade Level Meets Grade Level Masters Grade Level
Algebra I 3550 4000 4333
Biology 3550 4000 4576
English I 3750 4000 4691
English II 3750 4000 4831
U.S. History 3550 4000 4440

For additional information, including testing dates, fact sheets, and FAQs about STAAR, go to HoustonISD.org/STAAR.

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