The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) starting in the 2011-2012 school year. While designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in a deeper way, STAAR will continue to be based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).


What’s different about STAAR?
The STAAR tests are more rigorous than the TAKS tests and are designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness, starting in elementary school. These readiness standards are defined by those TEKS considered critical for success in the current grade/course and important for preparedness in following grades/courses, and ultimately for college and career. The majority of the test (60-65 percent) concentrates on these readiness standards, but STAAR also assesses other TEKS for the current grade/course -- known as supporting standards. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides more information about the assessed curriculum for each STAAR test at


STAAR includes more difficult testing and requires a higher level of student performance. Examples of these changes are described in more detail under each school level tab.


The most significant difference between the TAKS and STAAR testing systems will be seen at the high school level. Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen in 2011-2012 and thereafter will be required to take 5 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in the foundation subject areas – math, science, English and social studies – for courses in which they are enrolled. (Visit the High School section for more information.)


This information guide will be updated as new information becomes available, and TEA will post additional resources to its STAAR webpage as they are finalized.