Transition From TAKS To STAAR
The new STAAR assessments are designed to be more difficult than TAKS.
The difficulty level is increased by:
- having more questions per test
- measuring a higher level of thinking in relation to content skills
- having more items where students will have to write in responses rather than selecting a response from those provided
- focusing more deeply on content taught during the current year rather than testing knowledge and skills learned over multiple years
- measuring for college and career success
Readiness standards have the following characteristics:
- They are essential for success in the current grade or course.
- They are important for preparedness for the next grade or course.
- They support college and career readiness.
- They necessitate in-depth instruction.
- They address broad and deep ideas.
Supporting standards have the following characteristics:
- Although introduced in the current grade or course, they may be emphasized in a subsequent year.
- Although reinforced in the current grade or course, they may be emphasized in a previous year.
- They play a role in preparing students for the next grade or course but not a central role.
- They address more narrowly defined ideas.
In social studies, science, and mathematics, process skills will be assessed in context, not in isolation, allowing for a more integrated and authentic assessment of these content areas.
Process standards are noted in the TEKS as:
- Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools
- Scientific Investigation and Reasoning Skills
- Social Studies Skills