The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) starting in the 2011-2012 school year. This new testing system addresses legislative mandates outlined by Senate Bill 1031 in 2007 and House Bill 3 in 2009. While designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in a deeper way, STAAR will continue to be based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TESTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL TESTS
- 3rd grade Mathematics and Reading
- 4th grade Mathematics, Reading and Writing
- 5th grade Mathematics, Reading and Science
- 6th grade Mathematics and Reading
- 7th grade Mathematics, Reading and Writing
- 8th grade Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies and Science
HIGH SCHOOL TESTS
STAAR will begin for new ninth-graders in 2011-2012 with 12 end-of-course (EOC) exams that will count 15% of course grade and be required for graduation:
SPECIAL POPULATIONS TESTS
- Math: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- English English Language Arts: English I, English II, English III
- Social Studies: World Geography, World History, U.S. History
STAAR will include additional test formats to accommodate special education students and English Language Learners:
- STAAR Modified
- STAAR Alternate
- STAAR L (linguistically accommodated)
What is different about the
The STAAR tests will be more rigorous than the TAKS tests and are designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness, starting in elementary school. These readiness standards will be defined by those TEKS considered critical for success in the current grade/course and important for preparedness in following grades/courses, and ultimately for college and career. The majority of the test (60-65 percent) will concentrate on these readiness standards, but STAAR will also assess other TEKS for the current grade/course -- known as supporting standards. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides more information about the assessed curriculum for each STAAR test at www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/
The most significant difference between the TAKS and STAAR testing systems will be seen at the high school level. Under the TAKS system, high school students have to pass only four exit-level tests to graduate, which do not count toward their course grades. Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen in 2011-2012 will be required to take end-of-course (EOC) assessments in the foundation subject areas – math, science, English and social studies – for courses in which they are enrolled. Fifteen percent of the EOC score will count toward the student's final grade for the corresponding course, which will be reported on the student's transcript. The other 85 percent will be determined from the classroom semester grades.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is still developing several aspects of the STAAR testing system. This information guide will be updated as new information becomes available, and TEA will post additional resources to its STAAR webpage as they are finalized.