A STAAR is Born

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New State Testing System Begins this Spring

The state will transition to a new accountability and student testing system in March 2012 – the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

Representing the fifth generation of state testing programs, STAAR replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) that has been in place the past nine years.  The new tests are described as more rigorous, focusing on open-ended rather than multiple choice questions. Also, many of the grade level exams will ask students more questions than the TAKS assessments, and for the first time since the implementation of a state standardized testing program students will only be given four hours to complete the exam unless a testing accommodation has been given.

This spring students in grades 3-8 will be given the STAAR in place of TAKS.  For grades 9-12, the STAAR testing program will be phased in over the next four years, beginning with students currently enrolled in grade 9.  This spring, students in grade 9 will take individual end of course exams in the four core subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Students in grades 10-11 will continue to take TAKS.

The state has put together a basic information page, with frequently asked questions and links to helpful documents and resources intended to assist parents and students in better understanding the new test.  Click here to earn more about STAAR at the TEA website.