In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

The STAAR program 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 assessments for English I, English II,  Algebra I, Biology and U.S History.
Beginning in 2016, TEA will voluntarily administer STAAR EOC assessments for English III and Algebra II.

Accessibility Features

Accessibility features, formerly known as accommodations, or supports, are changes to materials or procedures that enable students to access learning and testing. It is important to keep in mind that while some accommodations may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate or allowable on a statewide assessment. The accommodation resources on this website are provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for districts to use in implementing accessibility policies for STAAR and TELPAS.

2019 Accessibility

TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information.

NOTE: The 2019–2020 Accessibility Policy Documents are currently being updated and the links to the PDFs will be available soon on this web page. To view ARCHIVED spring 2019 policy documents, use the following link:

Accessibility Policy documents listed on the Accommodation Resources webpage are currently located in the District and Campus Coordinator Resources online.

To view or print out the accessibility policies as one file, use the following link: 2019–2020 Accessibility Policies 

  1. Accessibility Features: These are procedures and materials that are allowed for any student who needs them.
  2. Designated Supports: These are locally-approved supports for students who meet eligibility criteria.

3. Designated Supports Requiring TEA Approval: These supports require the submission and approval using the Accommodation Request Process below. 

STAAR Accommodation Resources

Supplemental Aids - Resources