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STAAR Results-Performance Standards

STAAR Results-Performance Standards

STAAR performance standards report levels of test performance to the expectations defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).Cut scores established by the Texas Education Agency distinguish between performance levels, or categories. The process of establishing cut scores that define performance levels for an assessment is standard setting. Standard setting is also used to classify students into an appropriate performance category.

For STAAR and STAAR Spanish, the labels for the performance categories are:

Did Not Meet Grade Level

Shows a lack of basic understanding of course content — student needs significant support in the coming year. Performance in this category indicates that students are 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.

Approaches Grade Level

Shows some knowledge of course content but may be missing critical elements — student may need additional support in the coming year. Performance in this category indicates that students are 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.

Meets Grade Level

Shows strong knowledge of course content — student is prepared to progress to the next grade.
Performance in this category indicates that students 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.

Masters Grade Level

Shows mastery of the course content — student is on track for college and career readiness. Performance in this category indicates that students are 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.

STAAR Results – Assessment Data Portal

You have the ability to access your child’s state assessment testing history online through the Texas Education Agency’s Assessment Data Portal.

On the Assessment Data Portal you will use your child’s Unique Access Code and your child’s date of birth to access testing history, including STAAR, TAKS, and TELPAS assessments, where applicable.

Please note that the Unique Access Code is designed to stay with your child throughout his/her academic career. Additional information regarding the student portal can also be found by visiting the TEA website.