Interim Assessment Registration and Updates

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August 12, 2019  


Interim Assessment Registration and Updates  


Information for School Year 2019-2020  


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The STAAR interim assessment is a free, optional online tool for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that provides actionable data to help educators monitor progress and predict student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).  Interim assessments include test questions developed with Texas teachers and STAAR summative test questions from previous years.  Interim test questions have been field tested and are fully aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Updates for the 2019-2020 school year include the following:

New STAAR interim assessments will be available for science and social studies (in English and Spanish where applicable). Unlike the TEKS for reading language arts (RLA) and math that tend to include similar skills over the grades but build in complexity, the science and social studies TEKS tend to contain discrete skills, facts, and concepts. Therefore, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is planning to only offer one testing opportunity and recommend that it is administered after the majority of TEKS have been covered

Interim assessments for math and RLA will continue to be available, but there will only be one testing opportunity for grades 3 - 8 reading.  This is because the RLA TEKS have been revised, and only overlap standards will be assessed in grades 3 - 8 at this time

For the Spanish interim assessments, content and language supports in Spanish will now be available

Districts can register students in the Texas Assessment Management System.

First testing window (Opportunity 1)  

Registration opens:  

August 12, 2019


Assessment window:  

August 15, 2019 - March 31, 2020

Second testing window (Opportunity 2)  

Registration opens:  

November 15, 2019


Assessment window:  

November 22, 2019 - March 31, 2020


 The STAAR interim assessments will be available for the following grades/subjects and courses:

Two testing opportunities (available during Opportunities 1 and 2)  

One testing opportunity (available during Opportunity 2 only)  

grades 3 - 8 mathematics

grades 3 - 8 reading

Spanish grades 3 - 5 mathematics

Spanish grades 3 - 5 reading

Algebra I

grade 5 science (new)

English I

Spanish grade 5 science (new)

English II

grade 8 science (new)


grade 8 social studies (new)


Biology (new)


U.S. History (new)


Interim assessments include:

Refreshable Braille

For grades 3 - 8 reading, grade 8 social studies, English I, English II, and U.S. History

Content and Language Supports

For all English and Spanish assessments

During the 2018-2019 school year, more than 1.4 million interim assessments were completed, and more than 600 districts and charter schools participated. TEA has and will continue to partner with school districts and charter schools to make the interim assessments a useful tool for progress monitoring and predicting performance on STAAR.

More information about STAAR Interim Assessments and training opportunities can be found on the Interim Assessments webpage. 

Contact for Further Information

Please email the Student Assessment Division at or call 512.463.9536 if you have any questions about this information.

Texas Education Agency
Student Assessment Division