• Assessment

    Dr. Tammy Riemenschneider
    Director of District Assessments, Dyslexia, 504 & RtI
    817/202-2500 ext.1034

    General STAAR Information   


    STAAR, STAAR Alt 2, and TELPAS Testing Dates

    Joshua ISD Testing Calendar

    TEA Student Assessment Testing Calendar


    STAAR Redesign and Online Testing

    The Texas Education Agency is redesigning the STAAR test. Beginning in the 22-23 school year, students will be assessed with this redesigned assessment, and the changes are based on the 2019 passage of HB 3906. The updates are supposed to include new question types, cross-curricular passages, and evidence-based writing.

    Here is a TEA Link explaining their STAAR Redesign.

    In addition to updating the item types, STAAR will also be administered fully online beginning in 22-23. Paper testing options will require TEA approval and will be considered by TEA on a case-by-case basis. Documentation must be submitted with the request that provides "evidence that a paper administration is necessary due to students' inability to access the online assessment".  Here is a link to the TEA policy with more information regarding the special administration of paper assessments

    Accelerated Instruction Requirements

    House Bill 4545 was passed during the 87th Legislative Session and became effective in June, 2021. This statute requires accelerated instruction for all students who were not successful, based on STAAR results from the previous school year. This bill eliminated previous requirements under the Student Success Initiative that mandated grade retention and retesting requirements for students in grades 5 and 8.

    Additional requirements from HB 4545 include:

    • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 in math or reading, a new LEA requirement to establish an accelerated learning committee (ALC) to develop an individual educational plan for the student and monitor progress. 
    • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR (EOC) end-of-course assessments, clarification of prior accelerated instruction requirements, specifying that it must include either:
      • Being assigned a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher or
      • Receiving supplemental instruction (tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day
    • For students who are served in special education, the ARD committee will serve as the ALC and make accelerated instruction decisions.
    Please contact your campus principal if you have questions regarding the Accelerated Instruction requirements for your child.