Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New State Assessment System Debuts This Semester

The state's new student testing program goes live this semester. The new program is called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR. It replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). STAAR will be given to students in grades 3-8 and to students taking high school level courses in the four core subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

STAAR is a more rigorous testing program. It emphasizes "readiness" standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject that follows and for college and career readiness. STAAR exams will contain more test questions at most grade levels than did TAKS assessments. The high school assessments will move from grade-based tests to course-based exams. For the first time, the state's assessments will have a time limit. Students will have four hours to complete each exam.

NAVASOTA ISD STAAR/EOC PARENT QUESTION FORM (submit questions to the school district regarding STAAR/EOC's, and we will respond to you directly based on the latest information available from the Texas Education Agency)

Multimedia Introduction to STAAR/End-of-Course Assessment System (full screen version)

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