In 2011-2012, Texas student assessments change from TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) to STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). The name change reflects a shift in focus from current achievement to assessment of academic readiness for future success. This shift brings a tighter alignment between the taught and tested curriculum by testing current grade level TEKS (except for 5th and 8th grade science) and by matching the rigor of the test item with the rigor of the TEKS. The change from TAKS to STAAR is particularly significant for high school courses as it represents a shift from testing TEKS from multiple courses to testing TEKS only from the course students are enrolled in. Additionally, Algebra II and English III will contain test items that are coded as College and Career Readiness items.
To assist educators in this transition, ESC Region 13 has consolidated state and regional resources into one area. On the left-hand side menu, educators will find multiple resources to help them learn more about the STAAR program.