Elementary students will participate in the following assessments under the STAAR Program:

    Grade 3: Reading and Math

    Grade 4: Reading, Math, and Writing

    Grade 5: Reading, Math, and Science

    Student Performance:

    Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Students will fall in to one of the three categories below:

    • Level III: Advanced Academic Performance
    • Level II:  Satisfactory Academic Performance
    • Level I:   Unsatisfactory Academic Performance 

    Time Limits:

    TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments. (ENG 1 & ENG 2 EOC Assessments have a 5 hr. time limit.)

    TEA notes that a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. The rationale for time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.


    CISD Electronic Device Policy:   



    T.E.A. has directed the Local Education Agencies to develop an electronic device policy, as outlined in the 2017 Test Security Supplement. In order to comply with this directive, CISD has instituted the following Electronic Device Policy, to be used during testing administrations;

    All cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited during testing sessions, and should not be available for use by the student. The student's test may receive a "Do Not Score" label if the device is visible or heard during the test administration. If the Test Administrator observes the device, it may be confiscated and reported to the District Testing Coordinator and the Campus Administrator for further action. The campus/district is not responsible for the loss or damage to phones or electronic devices brought into the testing environment. The safest place for devices on testing days is at home. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Impact on Grade Advancement:

    The Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math tests to be promoted to the next grade. There will be two additional administrations of the reading and math tests for both grades 5 and 8 in May and June in order to determine eligibility for promotion to the next grade level. If you have further questions, please contact your campus principal or your campus testing coordinator.

    Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grades 5 & 8