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Dr. Kathleen C. Golden » STAAR Testing

STAAR Testing

STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) began in the 2011-2012 school year and replaced TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). STAAR is administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and to students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. 


The STAAR assessment recently underwent a redesign. The assessment is delivered to students online. It is available to serve students who are in the general education program, the special education program, or who are English language learners. 


The STAAR redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The redesign was implemented in the 2022–2023 school year.


The STAAR redesign includes several components: 

  • Online Testing and Accommodations
  • New Question Types
  • Cross-Curricular Passages
  • Evidence-based Writing 


Students will receive annual assessments for:

  • Reading Language Arts and Mathematics, grades 3-8

  • Science at grades 5 and 8

  • Social Studies at grade 8

  • End-of-Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History