The state assessment season will officially begin Monday when the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exams are launched. An estimated 2.6 million Texas elementary and high school students will take STAAR exams, according to Texas Education Agency officials. This school year, approximately 600,000 high school students in 10th through 12th grade and those repeating ninth grade will graduate under Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, requirements and will be administered that particular exam. According to TEA officials, the TAKS assessment will be completely phased out in the 2014-15 school year.
Monday’s testing schedule includes English I and English III writing exams which will be administered to high school students. Other assessments being administered this week include English I and III reading; fourth-grade writing; fifth-grade math and reading; seventh-grade writing; English II writing and reading and eighth-grade reading and math.