STAAR

STAAR®
 
In spring 2012, the State of Texas implemented the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). This new assessment program replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
 
The STAAR® program includes the following annual assessments:
  • Reading and Mathematics in grades 3-8
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  • Writing in grades 4 and 7
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  • Science in grades 5 and 8
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  • Social Studies in grade 8
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  • End-of-Course assessments for English I, English II, algebra I, biology, and U.S. history
Specialized STAAR® tests are available to students meeting spcific criteria:
  • STAAR A - This assessment is available for students with identified disabilities who are receiving special education services and for students with dyslexia or a related disorder who are receiving Section 504 services. The appropriate ARD or Section 504 committee must determine that the student meets the eligibility requirements.
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  • STAAR L - This assessments is available for English language learners who meet participation requirements for a substantial degree of linguistic accommodation in the respective subject areas. The appropriate LPAC must determine that the student meets participation requirements. (Note: STAAR L is not available for reading tests, writing tests, or English I and II end-of-course tests.)
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  • STAAR Alternate 2 - This assessment is available for students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services. The appropriate ARD committee must determine that the student meets the eligibility requirements.