Well, be careful what you wish for because the TAKS is going away and will be replaced by the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
She Is Dallas info: She Is Dallas would love to hear what you think about the change, good or bad, so please be sure to leave a comment below. For more information, please visit the Texas Education Agency website. You may be most interested in reading this correspondence sent to school administrators outlining details about the STAAR including specifics on testing procedures.
Beginning in the 2011 “ 2012 school year, Texas will implement the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), a new test that will take the place of all TAKS tests.
In grades 3-8, TAKS tests will be replaced by STAAR tests which will be more focused on the rigorous readiness standards in the state curriculum.
The grade levels and subject areas tested will remain the same:
- Math and Reading – Grades 3-8
- Writing – Grades 4 and 7
- Science – Grades 5 and 8
- Social Studies – Grade 8
Students in grades 9-12, will take 12 STAAR End Of Course (EOC) tests that will replace the four TAKS tests that students must pass currently in order to graduate. The first group of high school students to take the EOC tests will be the 9th graders of 2011-2012 (current 8th graders). There will be several transition years as our current high school students finish out their graduation plans with the TAKS tests.
12 EOC tests will be given:
- English I, English II, English III
- Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- World Geography, World History, U.S. History
These EOC tests are not tied to a specific grade level. Rather, students will take the EoC as they complete the associated course. EoC scores will count for 15% of the course grade.