New website will help students, parents and staff transition to STAAR

October 14, 2011

Northside ISD has launched its own website to provide as much information as possible about the state’s new standardized test system, called STAAR, which stands for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

Beginning this school year, STAAR will begin replacing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, testing program.

The website offers details about what subjects and grades STAAR will test and how the new tests will differ from TAKS. The website also will provide useful links to resources for students, parents, and educators.

“The transition from TAKS to STAAR will be challenging, and we want to make sure our community has access to as much information as possible,” Superintendent John Folks said.

In general, STAAR tests are expected to be more rigorous, and for the first time, students will be given a four-hour time limit in which to complete the tests.

At the high school level, students who currently are enrolled in ninth grade or lower will take STAAR end-of-course (EOC) exams instead of the TAKS exit exams. Students in 10th grade or higher will graduate under the TAKS testing program.

End-of-course exams will be administered in the following core courses: algebra I, geometry, algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history. The tests will be taken at the end of each course and cover only the material in the course, unlike TAKS exit exams, which are given in the junior year and cover material from multiple courses.

The score a student receives on an EOC assessment will count for 15 percent of his or her final grade in the course.

In grades 3-8, students will be tested in mathematics and reading. Students also will be tested in writing in grades 4 and 7, science in grades 5 and 8, and social studies in grade 8.

For more information about STAAR, visit the District’s STAAR website.