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Change to English I, II and III End of course exams

As of the spring of 2017, there will no longer be a short answer question on the English End of Course exams. Students who are retesting will not have to do a short answer either. 

Here’s an updated table that shows the breakdown for the redesigned test:

English I, II, and III

Number of Items

Number of Raw Score Points Possible

Percentage of Test

Total Number of Raw Score Points Possible










Written Composition

1 Composition


(summed score X 2)







52 Multiple Choice

1 Composition

68 points




TEA announces ETS liquidated damages
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency will assess Educational Testing Services (ETS) – the company responsible for the statewide delivery and administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) – with liquidated damages in the amount of $5.7 million dollars and directed ETS to invest $15 million for a total of $20.7 million.

The $20.7 million addresses various logistical issues encountered by students and school systems during statewide STAAR administration in the 2015-2016 school year.

Commissioner Morath has also directed ETS to invest $15 million of its own funds toward an action plan that addresses a number of areas of concern this past school year. Those areas include: online testing system enrollment; shipping; online testing; precoding; and scoring and reporting.

 "I believe this combination of liquidated damages with an additional financial commitment from ETS reflects the correct balance of accountability for the recent past and safeguards for the future," said Commissioner Morath.

As a direct result of the various issues during the 2015-2016 school year, ETS has advised Commissioner Morath that the company provided support services to school districts and charters across the state totaling approximately $20 million. These costs – which the company will assume – are above and beyond the state contract.

ETS currently holds the state contract for the administration of STAAR 3–8 and high school STAAR End-of-Course exams. That contract was awarded in 2015.

Student Assessment releases testing calendars

adobe fileStudent Assessment 2015-16 testing calendar


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Student Assessment 2016-17 testing calendar

STAAR Released Test Questions

TEA releases two types of test questions for the STAAR test - sample questions and test forms. Sample test questions are small subsets of test questions released from the STAAR test banks. These test questions may have been previously administered to Texas students. A test form is a set of released test questions previously administered together to Texas students which reflects the STAAR test blueprints.  TEA will release the first test form administered in the spring for each general STAAR assessment in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and every third year thereafter. Released test questions on this webpage do not represent all the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations eligible for assessment on STAAR.


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Assessment Participation Requirements for Students Receiving Special Education Services
adobe fileAssessment Participation Requirements for Students Receiving Special Education Services 

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Transition to New Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Mathematics

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the statewide curriculum standards, are reviewed and updated on a regular basis by the State Board of Education (SBOE). As revisions are made to the TEKS, changes are subsequently made to the assessment program to maintain a strong, direct, and effective link between the TEKS and the statewide assessments. 

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