STAAR testing begins Monday

March 23, 2012

Students throughout the Northside ISD will have their first crack at the new STAAR tests beginning Monday. A complete testing schedule is posted on the District’s STAAR website.

STAAR, which stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests.

STARR tests are expected to be more rigorous and in-depth, and for the first time, students must complete the tests within a four-hour time limit. More details about the STAAR test are posted on the District’s STAAR website. The website also lists several links to STAAR resources and frequently asked questions.

“Our teachers have done an excellent job of preparing our students for the new testing system,” said Linda Mora, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum. “The Texas Education Agency still has not announced what scores will be required to pass the tests, but we’re confident our students will do well.”

Because this is the first year of the STAAR testing system, no accountability ratings will be given for 2012. Likewise, fifth and eighth grade students will not have to pass a particular test this year in order to advance to the next grade.

At the high school level, students now will take 12 End-of-Course tests in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. All first-time ninth graders and seventh and eighth graders enrolled in Algebra I and Geometry will take the EOC tests this year. Tenth, 11th and 12th graders will continue to take TAKS tests.

Most of the EOC tests will be administered in early May, but students will take the English Reading and Writing EOC tests the week of March 26 so that scores can be returned by the beginning of June.

Other tests that will be administered the week of March 26 include fourth and seventh grade Writing, fifth and eighth grade Reading, and fifth and eighth grade Math. Additional grades and subjects will be tested at the end of April.