MIDDLE SCHOOL TESTING
Middle School students will participate in the following assessments under the STAAR Program:
Grade 6: Reading and Math
Grade 7: Reading, Math, and Writing
Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Grade 8: Algebra I EOC* (Students not scoring at Level II will retake the Algebra I EOC in high school until they reach Level II - it does not impact their credit for the course.)
Once students have taken a STAAR assessment they will receive a score indicating their performance. Student performance 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
TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments (ENG 1 & 2 has 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;
All cell phones and electronic devices 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 test 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 the campus principal or the campus testing coordinator.
Parent Guides to the Student Success Initiative at Grades 5 & 8: