STAAR-State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) starting in the 2011-2012 school year.
STAAR tests are more rigorous than the TAKS test
STAAR measures college readiness
STAAR covers grades 3 - 11
STAAR includes 15 end-of-course assessments at the high school level
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) introduced a new student testing system in the 2011-2012 school year called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – pronounced “star.” This new test for all students in grades 3-11 replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
This Northwest ISD website provides a basic overview of STAAR and specifies which students will be taking this new statewide test in the coming school years. (Please note that some high school students will continue to take TAKS until graduation.) Each section of this site includes explanations and information developed using resources provided by TEA.
Families should be aware of the specific requirements of STAAR as it pertains to their children. To familiarize yourself with this new testing system, visit the links for elementary, middle and high school depending on your student’s age. You may also want to look ahead to the next level’s information to better prepare your child for academic success. If your child receives special education services or is an English Language Learner, visit the Special Populations link.
The STAAR Resources link provides links to other materials that will further acquaint you with the STAAR testing system and its requirements. You can also contact your child’s school counselors for more information.
This website will be updated as more information from TEA becomes available.