Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Students in grades 6 through 8 in school year 2011-2012 will be participating in the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. Students in grades 6 through 8 will be assessed in the same subjects that were assessed in TAKS. The STAAR assessment focuses more deeply on content taught during the current year rather than testing knowledge and skills learned over multiple years. The STAAR contains more test questions at each grade level. Also, for the first time since the state began its standardized testing program, the tests will have a time limit. Unless a student is eligible for an accommodation, each student will have four hours to complete each assessment.
Schedule of Testing for Grades 6 - 8
*The 7th grade writing assessment is a 2-day exam
**8th grade students not successful on April administrations of math and reading will retest in May and/or June.
How will STAAR performance be measured and reported?
The standards will be phased in over a number of years. The Phase-In 1 standard applies to the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years. As currently proposed, the Phase-In 2 standard is expected to be applied in 2014-2015 school year followed by the final standard two years later. Student performance will fall into one of three categories.
Impact on Grade Placement
The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade.
STAAR for Unique Student Populations
The STAAR is available in a variety of formats to serve students who are in the general education program, the special education program or who are English language learners (ELL). See Comparison Chart (PDF). (Available soon from TEA)
STAAR Sample Questions:
For More Information: STAAR Frequently Asked Questions
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