What is STAAR?
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAAR
A new accountability testing system called the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is being implemented this year at Kennedale ISD campuses and will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in spring 2012.
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will continue to be the basis for the new test. STAAR, however, will focus on fewer skills and address those skills in a deeper, more rigorous way. In reading, for example, a greater emphasis will be given to critical analysis than to literal understanding.
For students in grades 3-8, the STAAR program will assess the same subjects and grades that have been assessed by TAKS. Elementary and intermediate students will take mathematics and reading tests at grades 3-8, writing at grades 4 and 7, science at grades 5 and 8, and social studies at grade 8.
The most significant difference between the TAKS and STAAR testing systems will be seen at the high school level. Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen in 2011-2012 and thereafter will be required to take five end-of-course (EOC) assessments in the foundation subject areas – math, science, English and social studies – for courses in which they are enrolled. (Visit the High School section for more information)