• Performance Standards

    There will be two cut scores, which will identify three performance categories. For the general STAAR assessments, STAAR Modified, and linguistically accommodated forms of STAAR, the labels for the performance categories are
    • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
    • Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance 
    • Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic 
    Performance Categories Defined
    Level III: Advanced Academic Performance* Performance in this category indicates that students are well prepared for the next grade or course. They demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. Students in this category have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. *For Algebra II and English III, this level of performance also indicates students’ postsecondary readiness.

    Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance Performance in this category indicates that students are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course. They generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts. Students in this category have a reasonable likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may need short-term, targeted academic intervention.

    Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Performance in this category indicates that students are inadequately prepared for the next grade or course. They do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills. Students in this category are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention.

    Passing Standards
    The passing standard for STAAR assessments is Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance. A student who scores within Level II or III has passed the STAAR test, but a student who scores within Level I has not passed. More specific information about the passing standards is available on the STAAR Performance Standards webpage.

    The EOC assessment scores will be used to calculate a cumulative score in each of four foundation subject areas - math, science, English and social studies. In order to graduate, a student must achieve a cumulative score that is at least equal to the product of the number of EOC assessments taken in that foundation subject and a scale score that indicates satisfactory performance (Level II).