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) in the 2011-2012 school year. New ninth-grade students that entered high school in 2011-2012 and beyond fall under the STAAR testing system and graduation requirements. Current high school students who entered prior to 2011-2012 will remain under the TAKS system and their existing graduation requirements.
    STAAR includes more difficult testing methods and requires a higher level of student performance. There is also be a four-hour time limit for the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments and the STAAR EOC assessments.
    For more information please visit the STAAR page on the TEA website www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/

    Elementary and Jr. High Assessments include
    • 3rd grade Mathematics and Reading
    • 4th grade Mathematics, Reading and Writing
    • 5th grade Mathematics, Reading and Science
    • 6th grade Mathematics and Reading
    • 7th grade Mathematics, Reading and Writing
    • 8th grade Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies and Science

    High School: STAAR will begin for new ninth-graders in 2011-2012 with
    5 end-of-course (EOC) exams that will be required for graduation
    • Math: Algebra I
    • Science: Biology
    • English Language Arts: English I, English II 
    • Social Studies: U.S. History

    Special Populations: STAAR will include additional test formats to
    accommodate special education students and English Language Learners:

       STAAR Alternate