STAAR & Graduation Checklist

Graduation Checklist
Reach your Goal

  • Keep track of your high school credits to be sure you will meet all local and state requirements by the end of your senior year.
  • Consider taking Advanced Placement or dual enrollment course to earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Begin keeping a list of the awards and honors you receive (handy for scholarship applications) as well as extracurricular activities.
  • During your sophomore year, begin researching the universities or colleges you are interested in attending. Check what prerequisites are required for admittance and any time lines required for applications.
  • Explore your interests and take advantage of Career Day opportunities.
  • If you are not sure what college or university you are interested in,
  • attend the college nights hosted by your high school. While you have the opportunity, be sure to talk with school representatives about what
  • types of financial aid may be available.
  • If possible, take the Preliminary
  • SAT/National Merit Scholarship
  • Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
  • in your sophomore year for
  • practice,but in your junior year,
  • take the PSAT for eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship
  • Competition. Students who take
  • the PSAT tend to score higher on
  • the SAT than those who do not.
  • Check with your counselor’s office to learn about available scholarships.
  • Be sure to begin applying early and
  • for as many scholarships as possible.
  • Do not limit yourself just to local scholarships.
  • Sign up and take the ACT and/or
  • SAT test, preferably in your junior
  • year but no later than the fall of your senior year.

STAAR End - of - Course Requirements

  • Each EOC assessment will be scored on a scale of 0 - 100
  • Students must score at least 60 for the score to count towards their cumulative score.
  • Students scoring below 60 must retake the assessment each time it is administered.
  • Students scoring below 70 will receive accelerated instruction.
  • Any student may retake an EOC assessment for any reason.
  • A student’s cumulative score is determined using the student’s highest score on each EOC assessment.
  • Student is not required to retake course as a condition of retaking assessment.
  • School district shall provide accelerated instruction to each student who fails to perform satisfactorily.


To measure students’ academic performance in core high school
courses and become part of the
graduation requirements.

Excellence Every Day

  • Freshmen Class of 2011-2012 is the first group to have EOC as a graduation requirement
  • A student’s score on each EOC assessment will be worth 15% of the student’s final grade for that course
  • EOC assessments include special
  • purpose questions to measure:
  • College readiness
  • Readiness for advanced coursework


In 2007, Senate Bill 1031 was passed requiring the phase out of high school
TAKS and replacing it with State of
Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course assessments rather than a grade
specific test covering four subject
areas for secondary-level courses in:
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
Chemistry, Physics, English I,
English II, English III, World
Geography, World History, and
United States History.

Minimum Graduation Plan:

For students on minimum graduation
plan ~

  • Cumulative score is based on number of courses taken for which an end-of-course assessment exists
  • Cumulative score requirement may vary by subject area

Recommended High School Program:

In addition to meeting cumulative
score requirement in each of four
core content areas, students on recommended high school program
have to perform satisfactorily on ~

  • Algebra II assessment
  • English III assessment

Distinguished Achievement Program:

In addition to meeting cumulative
score requirement in each of four
core content areas, students on distinguished achievement program
have to perform satisfactorily on
college-readiness component of ~
Algebra II assessment
English III assessment


Plan for phase-out of HS TAKS and phase-in of EOC assessments
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