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State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) - Spring 2015

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR tests) are standardized tests taken by most Texas public school students in spring of each year during grades 3-12. This page contains the actual released tests, answer keys, and curriculum objectives tested during 2015, except for math for grades 3-8, for which the 2015 tests have not been released. We are instead providing the 2014 tests for math, grades 3-8.

Each question on each test corresponds to a specific objective in the curriculum. The answer key for each test lists the corresponding curriculum objective for each question. For each subject and grade level, we have put the test, the answer key, and the list of curriculum objectives into one package, so you don't have to hunt all the pieces down one-by-one.

These files are compiled from public information made available by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the state agency that administers the testing program. The files are also available separately on the TEA web site, where you will also find much additional information about Texas schools.

If you would like to see how any public or charter school in Texas performed on recent TAKS tests, click here. Sorry, but there is no similar comparative measure for private schools.

Each file contains:
  • a cover page that shows the number of correct answers needed to pass the test, the time limit, and other general information;
  • the test questions;
  • the answer key; and,
  • the curriculum objectives being tested.
Be sure to read the copyright notice on the cover page.

Please note that the math curriculum for grades 3-8 has been revised since the 2014 tests were administered. New tests were used in 2015, and those tests have not been released by TEA. The tests on this page for math, grades 3-8, are the 2014 versions and are different from the tests currently in use.

NEWS ALERT -- STAAR tests for grades 3-8 will be shortened for Spring, 2016. Please see news release from TEA below.

Download STAAR Grade Level Tests:
(Grades 3-8)

3rd Grade:  Reading Math
3rd Grade Spanish:  Lectura Matemáticas

4th Grade:  Reading Math Writing
4th Grade Spanish:  Lectura Matemáticas Escritura

5th Grade:  Reading Math Science
5th Grade Spanish:  Lectura Matemáticas Ciencias

6th Grade:  Reading Math

7th Grade:  Reading Math Writing

8th Grade:  Reading Math Science Social Studies

Download STAAR High School End-of-Course Tests:

English Language Arts:  English 1 Engligh 2

Math:  Algebra 1

Science:  Biology

Social Studies:  U.S. History

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Grades 3-8 STAAR Test to be Shorter in 2016

AUSTIN (10/16/2015) – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified school districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will reduce the length of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in grades 3–8 for the 2016 spring administrations.

“House Bill 743, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this year, requires STAAR assessments be designed so 85 percent of students can complete the grades 3–5 assessments in two hours and 85 percent of students can complete the grades 6–8 assessments in three hours,” said Commissioner Williams. “The steps I’m announcing for the coming school year are merely the first as TEA works to meet the legislative requirements while also balancing the validity and reliability of each assessment.”

To meet this legislative requirements of HB 743, TEA will take the following actions in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years:

For 2016 only, TEA will remove all currently-embedded field-test questions for STAAR grades 3–8, which will reduce the length of each assessment by five to eight questions. TEA has also redesigned the 2016 STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing tests so they will be completed in one four-hour administration.

In addition, Commissioner Williams advised that TEA will also collect detailed data during the spring 2016 test administration on the time it takes students to complete the assessments. That data will then be used to determine how to adjust the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments for spring 2017 testing to more precisely meet the testing time requirements of HB 743.

This information provided as a public service
by former State Representative Scott Hochberg.
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