STAAR – State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
STAAR replaces TAKS with Class of 2015
This year's ninth-graders will be the first class to graduate under the state‘s new assessment system, STAAR. Those students and parents will want to pay special attention to this message.
Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will launch STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness™, pronounced the same as star), the new assessment that will replace TAKS (the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) which has been in place since 2003. The new tests will be significantly more rigorous than previous tests and will measure a child’s performance as well as their academic growth.
The most notable changes will occur in the 2011-2012 school year. Those changes, primarily in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1031 (80th Texas Legislature, 2007) and House Bill 3 (HB 3, 81st Texas Legislature, 2009) include:
- Increasing the rigor and relevance of both standards and assessments;
- Creating and assessing post secondary readiness standards;
- Establishing campus and district accountability based on higher college- and career-readiness performance standards on STAAR, and on distinctions earned by campuses demonstrating achievement in areas not measured by the STAAR program as well as on academic performance; and
- Establishing new time lines for interventions and sanctions while also expanding school closure and alternative management options.
STAAR will affect the graduation plan for all CISD students, starting with the Class of 2015. For the past three years, the Coppell ISD has been administering STAAR End Of Course (EOC) “Field Tests” to pinpoint curriculum needs, identify additional teacher training needs, and gauge student preparedness. The curriculum content directors and campus principals began meeting last spring to share the information released by TEA. Since then, the curriculum team has been working directly with teachers to assist them during the transition from TAKS to STAAR. Staff meetings were conducted in fall 2010, and parent/community meetings began in fall 2011.
Eighth-grade parent and student information meetings will begin in January and early February at both high schools. The registration/ course selection sheet prepared by all 8th graders will be due at each of the middle schools in February 2012.
Additional resources are available in the box located on the top right corner of this page. The district will continue to share more specific information as it is provided by the state. If you have questions, please contact your campus administrator or the Director of School Improvement & State Assessment, Dr. Mechelle Bryson, at 214.496.6041.