Arlington ISD STAAR HQ

Focused on Student Growth and Success

Current Conditions

Continuous Improvement

Student Outcomes

We know the path back from COVID-19 isn't an easy one, but we've seen tremendous growth from our students over the past two years. The hard work of Arlington ISD teachers, counselors and staff is never done so they will stay focused on several key areas to help students continue growing.

Classroom Instruction

  • Working with students in small groups in math and English classrooms
  • Priority on closing learning gaps with customized instruction to meet student needs

Targeted Interventions

  • Utilize adaptive instructional technology to individualize interventions and monitor progress
  • Small group instruction


  • Students who didn't pass STAAR received up to 30 hours of free tutoring
  • Tutoring offered before or after school or as part of curriculum


  • Continue to develop the Arlington ISD curriculum to align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements
  • Support teachers to align the curriculum with the new STAAR testing format

Coaching Support

  • Provide coaching support for teachers focused on reading and math instruction
  • Ensure best teaching practices are being shared and implemented

Formative Data

  • Administrators are trained in data driven instructional practices
  • All campuses implement a progress monitoring system to inform the instructional process
  • Professional Learning Time (PLC) has been scheduled at all campuses

We are making gains to get students back where they expect to be.

STAAR Student Growth Results 2023 Grades 3-8
STAAR End-of-Course Results 2023 Comparison

What Changed with the STAAR Test?

There were a few key changes to the STAAR Test this year.

STAAR Redesign Changes

  • New question types, such as multi-select, multipart, graphing and other mathematical modeling aides
  • Inline answer choices
  • Drag and drop, matching
  • Text entry
  • Short constructed response (RLA, Science, and Social Studies)
  • Extended constructed response (RLA only)

First Time for Everyone

  • Teachers administered the test for the first time
  • Students took the newly redesigned test for the first time
  • The system was used for the first time
  • Many students were first-time test takers using technology that was new to them

College, Career and Military Preparedness Changes

  • The percentage of CCMR-ready graduates that a campus needs to earn an A rating increased from 60% to 88%, applied retroactively to 2022 graduates (who are included in 2023 accountability ratings)

Arlington ISD students continue to excel.

Learning loss hasn't stopped Arlington ISD students from excelling. There have been many success stories in the 2022-23 school year alone.

Students are on the path back.

Standardized tests have never defined the Arlington ISD, but we know it's one tool we can use to measure student success. We are committed to growing whole and well-rounded young adults who are prepared to excel in college, career and beyond.

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Frequently Asked Questions

STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness, the State’s student testing program. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the state curriculum standards. From third grade through high school graduation, students are tested in the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies.

STAAR tests measure what students in grades 3 – 8 have learned in each grade. STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) tests measure students’ learning in the following high school courses: Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History.

The STAAR 3 - 8 test results account for most elementary and junior high school campus scores. The STAAR End of Course results account for approximately half of the campus score for high schools. The sum of the weighted campus scores determines the district rating.

CCMR stands for College, Career and Military Readiness. It’s a series of opportunities for students to demonstrate their readiness for college, career, or the military. It is one of three measures that factor into the high school rating calculation. The sum of the weighted campus scores determines the district rating. 

Schools receive their rating predominantly based on the results of the STAAR test. These ratings are published on the website.

The most important thing for parents and others to know about the STAAR test is that it’s only one measurement at a specific time of year. Educators in the Arlington ISD work throughout the school year to prepare students for the test. Teachers are committed to implementing multiple strategies so that students have every opportunity to succeed on the STAAR test.


Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success