The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will introduce a new student testing system in the 2011-2012 school year called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – pronounced simply “star.” This new test for all students in grades 3-9 (and some in 10 – 12) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
This Burleson ISD website provides a basic overview of STAAR and specifies which students will be taking this new statewide test in the coming school years. (Please note that some high school students will continue to take TAKS until graduation. Only incoming 9th graders will take STAAR.) Each section of this site includes explanations and videos developed by BISD using resources and information provided by TEA.
Families should be aware of the specific requirements of STAAR as it pertains to their children. To familiarize yourself with this new testing system, visit the links for elementary , middle , and high school depending on your student’s grade level. You may also want to look ahead to the next level’s information to better prepare your child for academic success. If your child receives special education services or is an English Language Learner, visit the Special Populations link.
The Additional Resources link provides links to other materials that will further acquaint you with the STAAR testing system and its requirements. You can also contact your child’s school counselors for more information.
We have included a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that we will update from time to time as different questions become more frequently asked. Whenever this document is updated, the first question will be updated with the date of the most recent change or addition.
This web site will be updated as more information from TEA becomes available. The date of revision will appear at the bottom of each page.
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