Students across the state will get a taste of the new assessment tool in Texas.

Beginning this week, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Students in grades 3 – 8 will be assessed in the same subjects as before while high school students will have 12 end-of-course exams over the academic year.

How students will perform on this new rigorous test remains to be seen. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released sample questions and has a link to many STAAR resources.

Earlier this year, Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced the 15% grading requirement for the end-of-course (EOC) assessment would be deferred for one year on the new STARR  program.

Students are encouraged to get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Good luck!

Learn more about the STAAR program.
See sample math STAAR questions Grade 4.
See more STAAR sample questions.

Photo Courtesy: STAAR/Texas Education Agency (Grade 8 Science Sample Test)