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STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness 


The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR-pronounced "star") replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) starting in the 2011-2012 school year.


STAAR measures college readiness

STAAR is administered grades 3 - 11

STAAR includes 5 end-of-course assessments at the high school level

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.

To familiarize yourself with this 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 was updated March 27, 2014.


STAAR Resources



    Melissa DeSimone, Ed.D. 
    Director of Research, Assessment and Accountability

      Jodi Pafford.
      District Assessment Coordinator 
      Secretary for Research, Assessment
      and Accountability 
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      Northwest ISD, PO Box 77070, Fort Worth, TX 76177
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