State Announces New Student Achievement Test
Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced Tuesday that the next generation of student tests will be called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR. STAAR will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), which is the criterion-reference assessment program that has been in place since 2003.
The new test meets requirements mandated by the Texas Legislature in 2007 and 2009. It will be significantly more rigorous than previous tests and will measure a child’s performance, as well as academic growth.
STAAR will be used beginning in the 2011 through 2012 school year. Students in the graduating Class of 2015, who are currently in seventh grade, will be the first students who must meet the end-of-course testing requirements, as well as pass their classes, in order to earn a diploma.
Scott said the last TAKS-based school accountability ratings will be issued in 2011. Ratings will be suspended in 2012 while a new accountability system is developed. The new state rating system will debut in 2013.