STAAR™ Testing Information
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). This test is designed for students in grades 3-11.STAAR Quick Look - Fall 2013
Why is there a new test for Texas students?
The STAAR test was created to address legislative mandates outlined by Senate Bill 1031 in 2007 and House Bill 3 in 2009.
What is different about STAAR?
The STAAR test is more rigorous and is designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness, starting in the elementary grades. STAAR requires a higher level of student performance. Examples of these changes are described in more detail in each of the grade level sections.
Who takes STAAR?
The STAAR test is designed to test all students in grades 3-11. However, at the high school level, the STAAR requirement applies to our 9th and 10th graders for the 2012-2013 school year. Our current 10th and 11th grade students will continue to have TAKS for their graduation requirement. The high school section will provide further explanations for the high school STAAR requirements.
Can we see the test?
STAAR is a secure test, so it is not available for review before it is given. Commissioner Michael L. Williams plans to release the 2013 STAAR exams in August. Available today are STAAR sample questions and samples of scored essays. The released sample questions are in the last column of the tables located on the STAAR Resources page. Writing scoring guides and rubrics are available as well.
Are there STAAR tests for our Special Populations?
Yes, STAAR includes additional test formats to accommodate students served through 504, special education and English Language Learner programs. More information for these student groups can be found in the special populations section.
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