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STAAR Assessment

The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS®) program includes annual assessments for all English Language Learners in grades Kindergarten-12 in the areas of reading, writing, and listening and speaking.  Students are rated based on their level of English proficiency (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and advanced high).

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program includes annual assessments for

  • reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
  • writing at grades 4 and 7
  • science at grades 5 and 8
  • social studies at grade 8
  • end-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.

As of spring 2016, STAAR English III and Algebra II are available for districts to administer as optional assessments.

Recent News

March 3, 2021 - Sheldon has released updated testing schedule information for the spring assessments. Click here for more information. 

In December, 2020, the Texas Education Agency announced A-F ratings would be paused for the 2020-21 school year because of the ongoing disruptions associated with COVID-19. Sheldon ISD supports this announcement as the district strongly believes the focus should remain on the safety of our community. Additionally, Sheldon believes there are multiple ways to measure the academic progress and achievement of our students that go beyond one test. 

Although our operations have changed because of COVID-19, it remains important and necessary to make sure that our students are continuing to progress academically. To help make that happen, the state is requiring school districts to make the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) and STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) exams available to all eligible students. This year, student performance on the TELPAS and STAAR will not adversely affect them. However, the test results will help Sheldon ISD determine the best way to meet the instructional needs of each child.

**Graduation requirements remain in effect. High school students are required to pass all 5 STAAR EOC assessments in order to graduate.  

Spring 2021 Testing Dates

TELPAS testing is held February through March. STAAR testing is held in April and May. To ensure valid and reliable results, the state requires students to take the test in a secure environment. All Sheldon ISD students taking the TELPAS and/or STAAR exams, whether learning online or in person, will be tested in their school building. On testing days, Sheldon ISD will do everything we can to continue with our safety precautions. Safety continues to be our biggest priority in our classrooms.

Accessing scores through the STAAR Portal

Once scores have been posted this spring, parents can access the STAAR Portal to view their student’s STAAR testing history and current scores in Skyward Family Access by clicking the “District Links” icon near the top right of their home screen.  If your child has taken a STAAR test in Sheldon ISD in a previous year, please follow that link to view that history.
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