As the semester progresses, we get closer to the first round of the new generation of Texas assessment program.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or as what we have come to know as STARR kicks in this Spring.

The program will assess the same subjects as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) but will also include end of course testing for high school students. Subjects assessed in lower grades include reading, math, writing, science and social studies. The end of course (EOC) will assess math (Algebra I & II, Geometry), English (English I, II, III), science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and social studies (World Geography, World History, U.S. History).

What should students and teachers expect? For starters, the STARR is a more rigorous exam, and it’s timed. Students will have approximately four hours to complete the examination. The questions require a higher level of thinking and knowledge of the content that is currently being taught in the subject matter.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldhorn from Education Service Center – Region 20 has prepared a short presentation illustrating the differences in the assessments beginning with the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) in 1980. In comparison, the assessment questions have increased in difficulty.

With a little preparation, both educators and families, can find themselves armed with the tools needed to face the STARR. Good luck!

To contact Dr. Goldhorn, you can email him at

Learn more about the STARR on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) web site.
Find more STARR resources on the Region 20 web site.

Photo Courtesy: Education Service Center – Region 20