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Texas’ student assessment program is designed to measure the extent to
which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and
skills at each tested grade or course level.
Texas has offered a statewide student assessment since 1980. In the
spring of 2012, Texas students began taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams. The state also offers the STAAR Alternate 2
assessment for students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are
receiving special education services. Eligibility criteria can be found on the STAAR Alternate 2 Resources
webpage. Administered for the last time
in December 2016, the STAAR
assessment was for English language learners (ELL) and the STAAR
A assessment was an online
accommodated version of the exam for eligible students with disabilities.
However, beginning in spring 2017 STAAR will be offered online with embedded
supports (i.e., text-to-speech, content supports, language and vocabulary
supports) for eligible students. Eligibility criteria can be found on the
Accommodation Resources webpage.
You can also find resources in this section for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, the assessment program that preceded STAAR, as well as
the Texas English Language Proficiency System (TELPAS) assessment and special education assessments. You can view student assessment results and released
questions as well.
In this section, you will also find information about our student assessment division, which manages and oversees the development,
administration, scoring, and analysis of the Texas assessment program.
If you are an educator and looking for testing information, please
visit our Educator Testing page.