State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which was implemented in spring 2012, includes annual assessments for
- reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
- writing at grades 4 and 7
- science at grades 5 and 8
- social studies at grade 8
- end-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.
Beginning in spring 2016, STAAR English III and Algebra II will be available for districts to administer as optional assessments. The link below opens the Student Assessment testing calendars: Testing Calendars
The resources presented on this page come from the Texas Education Agency. For more detailed information on specific grade levels or on assessments that address needs of students receiving special education services and English language learners (ELLs) who meet particular participation requirements visit: STAAR Resources
How is STAAR Different?
STAAR is a more rigorous testing program. It emphasizes "readiness" standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject that follows and for college and career. STAAR will contain more test questions at most grades than did TAKS assessments. The high school assessments will move from grade-based tests to course-based exams. For the first time, the state's assessments will have a time limit. Students will have four hours to complete each exam.
To view a summary of your child’s testing scores at this time, go to: http://www.TexasAssessment.com. You will be prompted to enter your child’s Unique Access Code and date of birth before you are given access to your child’s portal.
If you need assistance with the Unique Access Code, click Lookup Unique Access Code below the login fields. You will be prompted to enter your child’s First Name, Date of Birth, and PEIMS ID (this is either your child’s social security number, a State issued 9 digit code that begins with an S), or new State Unique ID.
Access Parent and Student information on practice tests for your student at: https://www.texasassessment.gov/families.html
There, you can scroll down the page to access the practice tests.
Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR)
The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) pull together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics.
The TAPRs were previously known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Reports. Those reports were published from 2003–04 to 2011–12. They may be found at the AEIS Archive.
Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS)
Performance-Based Monitoring (PBM) staff develops the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS), an automated data system that reports annually on the performance of school districts and charter schools in selected program areas (bilingual education/English as a second language, career and technical education, certain federal Title programs, and special education). The Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) data is reported at district, region, and state levels.
To access the most current or historical Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) from the Texas Education Agency, follow these steps:
- Go to the TAPR website.
- Select the most current year.
- Select “District Report.”
- Select the type of report: HTML for viewing on the computer, or PDF to print.
- Select “District Name.”
- Type San Marcos. (Do NOT type ISD after the name.)
- Select “Continue.”