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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) assessments. STAAR is offered online with designated supports (i.e., text‐to‐speech, content and language supports, spelling assistance) for eligible students. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Accommodation Resources webpage. You can view student assessment results and released questions as well.
The state also offers the STAAR Alternate 2 assessments for students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services. Eligibility criteria can be found on the STAAR Alternate 2 Resources
TEA offers the Texas English Language Proficiency System (TELPAS) and the TELPAS Alternate to assess the progress that limited
English proficient (LEP) students, also referred to as English learners (ELs),
make in learning the English language. To view all English learner (EL)
resources, visit the EL Resources webpage.
You can also find information in this section for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), the assessment program that preceded STAAR, links to the laws
and rules relating to student assessment, and information about our student
assessment division, which manages and oversees the development and
administration of the Texas assessment program.
If you are looking for educator testing information, please visit our Educator Testing page.