What is STAAR?
STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. It is a series of tests that help tell us how our children are doing in school.STAAR tests starts in third grade through the end of middle school, students across Texas take STAAR tests in math and reading at the end of each school year. Some years, they also take STAAR tests in writing, science or social studies—depending on which grade they are in.
When students get to high school, they take STAAR end-of-course tests in English, algebra, biology, and U.S. history to show they are ready for graduation.
STAAR Test Content:
Every question on a STAAR test is connected to the curriculum taught in the classroom. The curriculum reinforces state standards through the TEKS. TEKS stand for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. TEKS let teachers know what should be taught in class.TEKS are essential Knowledge skills that students are expected to know by the end of a certain grade. STAAR isn’t the only way to evaluate student learning, however it is an
important measure to look at, along with report card grades, teacher reports, and classwork. When all of these are put together, we can see a more complete picture of students’ progress in school.