Information for Parents About the STAAR Test
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Time Limit Policies
The STAAR English I and English II assessments have a five-hour time limit. All other STAAR assessments have a four-hour time limit. Students must complete the test within the same school day. For more details on STAAR time limits, policies, and procedures, download this PDF document.
Most STAAR tests are given in the spring, depending on your child’s grade level. Download this calendar to find out when your child will be tested in the coming school year.
High School STAAR Overview
High school students who entered the ninth grade in the 2011–2012 school year or later must take and pass certain required courses and end-of-course exams to graduate from a Texas public high school. These are English I, English II, algebra I, biology, and U.S. history. If a student takes and passes any of these end-of-course exams in middle school, those scores will count toward their state testing requirements for graduation. For more information on the STAAR for high school students, download this PDF.
Language Proficiency Assessment Committees
LPACs make testing decisions for English language learners, including test accommodations, alternate tests, etc.
Testing Accommodations for Students
With Special Needs
Certain students with special needs may qualify for special accommodations in order to help them complete STAAR tests. These could be in-classroom accommodations such as extra time, taking the test online, or sound or sight supports, for example. These accommodations are decided on in partnership among students, parents, teachers, administrators, and TEA officials, and must be approved in advance of test day.