|Beginning is spring 2012, the State of TExas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS.|
-STAAR is a more rigorous testing program.
-It emphasizes "readiness" standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject and for college and career.
-STAAR will contain more test questions at most grade than TAKS assessments.
-For the first time, the state's assessments will have a time limit. Students will have four hours to complete each exam.
STAAR is a secure test, so it is not available for review before it is given. By law, the test will be publicly released every three years. However, the Texas Education Agency has released ample questions, which give the public a sense of what to expect on the new tests.