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About The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Tests



The STAAR test (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) replaced the Texas TAKS test in 2012. The STAAR tests students in the core subjects such as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

State Testing Information for Texas

Portions of the following material were taken from the Texas Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests

STAAR is the state’s student testing program. Over the course of their public school career, students will be tested in the core subject areas–reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The number of tests taken each year will vary from two to four, depending on the grade level.

The STAAR tests for elementary and middle school grades will cover the same subjects and grades as the previous testing program, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). At the high school level, 12 (EOC) assessments will replace grade-specific tests.

Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

  • Grades: 3-10
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Writing, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Measures a student’s mastery of the state-mandated curriculum
  • Available in Spanish
  • Designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level

    At grades 3–8, students will be tested in mathematics and reading. Students will also be tested in writing at grades 4 and 7, science at grades 5 and 8, and social studies at grade 8. STAAR EOC assessments will be available for Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.

The STAAR Test vs. Texas TAKS

The STAAR will be more rigorous than previous state tests. It will contain more test questions at most grade levels. The majority of new STAAR assessments will test material students studied that year. In contrast, TAKS high-school level tests were required by law to test content studied over multiple years.

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.




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STAAR Specific Resources
STAAR Questions & Answers
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - Alternate (STAAR-Alternate)
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - L (STAAR-L)

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - Modified (STAAR-Modified)


 
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