STAAR and TAKS Scores

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is the state’s student testing program. Over the course of their public school career, students will be tested in the core subject areas-reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The number of tests taken each year will vary from two to four, depending on the grade level.

The STAAR tests for elementary and middle school grades will cover the same subjects and grades as the previous testing program, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).  At the high school level, 5 end-of-course (EOC) assessments will replace grade-specific tests. Students who entered high school before the 2011-2012 school year will continue to fall under the TAKS testing requirements for graduation.  This series of criterion-referenced exams include English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Accountability scores are provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and are used for campus ratings of the overall district and eligible Northside campuses.  Scores from the STAAR and TAKS tests provide the primary, although not the only, source of accountability information used by both the TEA and federal government to evaluate and rate the academic progress of each accredited school district.

Interested parties are encouraged to seek additional information about NISD and other Texas Schools by visiting the Texas Education Agency web site

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