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District Testing Coordinator

Wildcat Testing News and Tools

STAAR Testing Calendars

(see also SAT/ACT web page for registration info and news on SAT, ACT, TSI & other college readiness exams)

Parents/Guardians-If you have other testing questions you may email me at or contact your child's counselor with specific questions in regards to your child/student. Please be on the lookout for benchmark dates and practice materials to help your child prepare. Your continued support and partnership is very much appreciated! Thank you and have a great year!

Candy Morris, District Testing Coordinator 

Campus Testing Coordinators:    

Beverly Barker-Calallen High School AP     George Allen-Calallen Middle School AP                  

Melissa Cardona-Magee Elementary AP    Joy Beverly-Calallen East Elementary AP    

Lori Maldonado-Wood River Elementary AP


State Testing Information:

Updated State Testing Calendars

Beginning 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 grades 3–8 in reading and mathematics; assessments in writing at grades 4 and 7; in science at grades 5 and 8; in social studies at grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, English II,  Algebra I, Biology and U.S history.

STAAR Report Card

Update to STAAR/EOC Standards

Information from TEA:

As many of you are aware, a Commissioner's Rule amendment was proposed in December 2016 which finalizes the performance standards and replaces the old standard progression phase-in plan.  

The proposed amendment was approved.Here is a summary of the relevant information below:

  • Effective date is 04/16/2017 and the rule applies to testing in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • "Approaches Grade Level" means that a student meets the minimum passing requirement and has met the SSI requirement for grade promotion or graduation.
  • See the included links for the now finalized performance standards.


3-8 Passing Standards
EOC Passing Standards
Full Text of the Ammendment
Public Comments on the Amendment

Category Definitions:

  • "Does Not Meet Grade Level" is the new performance category replacing " Level I Satisfactory." Students in this category score below the cut scores established as the 2015-2016 minimum passing standard.
  • "Approaches Grade Level" is the new performance category replacing "Level II Phase-In." It is finalized at the 2015-2016 Minimum Passing Standard scale scores. (See the included links for standards by grade level.)
  • "Meets Grade Level" is the new performance category replacing "Level II Recommended," and the performance standard remains unchanged.
  • "Masters Grade Level" is the new performance category replacing "Level III Advanced," and the performance standard remains unchanged.

Category Information: 

  • "Does Not Meet Grade Level" indicates a student is unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention
  • "Approaches Grade Level" indicates that a student is likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category are NOT likely to be on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • "Meets Grade Level" indicates that a student may require short-term, targeted academic intervention but is generally on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • "Masters Grade Level" indicates that a student is able to think critically and apply assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. These students are on track for post-secondary readiness.

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How can we help our children be successful on standardized assessments?

There is a variety of research on positive ways to support our children. 

Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home and encourage reading (even over the breaks and summer).

By reading new materials, a child will learn new words that might appear on a test. Ask his school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions from the public library.

Tests have moved away from the simple multiple choice and finding the answer in the paragraph. Students are required to think critically and "out of the box" to find the best answers and solve problems. In depth discussions and conversations about our students' learning and reading materials can help us expose our children to this type of questioning, which they will encounter not only on exams but in their classrooms and future careers.

More news and tips to come!


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