In order to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 3 passed by the 81st Texas Legislature and incorporated into Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 39, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is developing the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). STAAR is a more rigorous assessment program that will provide the foundation for a new accountability system for Texas public education.
STAAR will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) beginning in spring 2012. The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, World Geography, World History, and U.S. History. STAAR EOC will begin with the entering 2011-12 9th graders.