A redesign of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test is currently underway, as a result of House Bill 3906. Watch the videos below for an introduction to some of the changes.
To clarify any information from the videos or to request the PDF versions of the videos below, please submit a Help Desk ticket to Student Assessment.
Please be sure to read through the Frequently Asked Questions to familiarize yourself with the changes coming in spring 2023.
Near-Term STAAR Redesign Overview
Video updated 4/26/21
The near-term STAAR redesign will include transformational changes to advance the way Texas measures the academic performance of students. TEA, working with a wide range of education stakeholders including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. These changes will be implemented beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
The redesign includes several components:
- Transitioning to online assessments which allows students to receive accommodations like those they get in the classroom and provides faster test results to support accelerated learning.
- Adding new non-multiple-choice questions that give students more ways to show their understanding and better reflect questions teachers ask in class.
- Eliminating standalone writing assessments for grades 4 and 7 beginning with the 2021–2022 school year, and in 2022–2023 adding writing to reading language arts (RLA) assessments for grades 3–8 to better support the interconnected way these subjects are taught.
- Incorporating more cross-curricular passages into RLA assessments so test questions reference topics that students have learned about in other classes.
Transition to Online Assessments
Video updated 4/26/21
House Bill (HB) 3261, enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021, requires state assessments to be administered online by the 2022–2023 school year. Online administration allows students to receive accommodations like those they get in the classroom, provides faster test results, improves test operations, and allows new non-multiple-choice questions. This transition will require nearly all students to be assessed online, with the exceptions of students taking the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment and students who require accommodations that cannot be provided online.
A Transition to Online Assessments Feasibility Study was conducted in 2020. The study examined national best practices in online assessments and included a statewide survey that was distributed to all Texas public school systems to gauge readiness for online testing. The study revealed that 70 percent of other states are already fully implementing online assessments and included a variety of lessons learned from those transitions. Seventy-five percent of local education agencies (LEAs) responded to the statewide survey, and the representation of urban and rural LEAs was proportional to state demographics. The study showed that school systems in Texas generally have the infrastructure in place to fully implement online testing and that a small investment in internet connectivity would be needed for a subset of primarily small and rural LEAs to upgrade their infrastructure. Overall, the study indicated that a two-year transition period is feasible, allowing educators and students time to increase familiarity and comfort with online testing. Additionally, independent of the feasibility study, the number of students that tested online significantly increased during the 2020–2021 school year, providing more insight into facilitating an effective transition to fully online summative assessments.
See below for resources to support public school systems with the transition to online assessments.
- [New!] Transition to STAAR Online Assessments Implementation Guide (PDF) 11/02/21
- [New!] List of Vendor and Regional Supports for Transition to Online (PDF) 11/02/21
- State of Texas Transition to Online Assessments Feasibility Study (PDF) 12/01/20
- What Educators Should Know About STAAR Online Testing (PDF) Pending update
- What Parents Should Know About STAAR Online Testing (PDF) Pending update
- Lo Que Los Padres De Familia Deben Saber Sobre Las Pruebas STAAR (PDF) Pending update
- TEA Transition To Online Testing Infrastructure Grant (Coming early 2022)
- Online Testing Policy (Coming early 2022)
New Item Types
Video to be updated.
House Bill 3906 established a “multiple choice cap,” meaning that no more than 75% of points on a STAAR test can be based on multiple choice questions. New non-multiple-choice question types are being designed with Texas educators to give students more ways to show their understanding and better reflect questions teachers ask in class. These new question types will be implemented beginning in spring 2023.
A set of detailed resources about new non-multiple-choice questions, including examples, will be available in early 2022. Full practice tests that reflect the redesigned STAAR will be available in Fall 2022.
See the Test Design Resources section below for the preliminary blueprints, which give basic information about how each test is designed (e.g., the distribution of questions, points, and readiness and supporting standards). RLA blueprints also include test design information, including the number of passages, the reading load, and the genres eligible for assessment.
Reading Language Arts Redesign
Video updated 6/02/21
The reading language arts (RLA) redesign includes both the implementation of the revised English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading TEKS and the elimination of the stand-alone grades 4 and 7 writing STAAR assessments. Beginning with the 2022–2023 school year, RLA assessments will assess both reading and writing (grades 3–8 English, grades 3–5 Spanish, and English I and II End-of-Course) and will include new question types and an extended constructed response, or essay, at every grade level.
As a transition, a one-year modification to the STAAR RLA assessments administered in April through December 2022 will be implemented. Grades 3–8 English and grades 3–5 Spanish tests will include items that only assess the 2017 reading standards. Multiple-choice revising and editing items will be field tested but will not count towards a student’s score. Sample revising and editing items for grades 3–8 are available. English I and English II will include items that assess the 2017 standards for reading and writing. The December 2021 STAAR EOC tests for English I and II will continue to assess the standards in common between the 2009 and the 2017 TEKS.
Based on research and educator feedback, beginning in 2023, the essay component will shift from a stand-alone prompt to writing in response to a reading selection. Students will write in one of three possible modes: informational, argumentative, or correspondence and will be scored using a 5-point rubric. The rubric will include two main components: idea development and language conventions.
Additionally, there will be an increase in the number of cross-curricular informational passages that reference content aligned to the TEKS for other subject areas (e.g., social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, etc.). While the cross-curricular passages will include topics from other subject areas, the questions will only assess RLA TEKS; students will not be scored on their understanding of TEKS for other subject areas.
See the Test Design Resources section below for the RLA assessed curriculum documents, which identify the TEKS eligible for assessment on RLA test, and the preliminary blueprints, which give basic information about how each test is designed (e.g., the distribution of questions, points, and readiness and supporting standards). RLA blueprints also include test design information, including the number of passages, the reading load, and the genres eligible for assessment.
Test Design Resources
This section includes:
- Updated RLA assessed curriculum documents that identify the reading and writing student expectations that will be eligible for assessment on the redesigned RLA tests. Note: Mathematics, science, and social studies assessed curriculum documents will not change.
- Preliminary blueprints that show the distribution of questions, points, and readiness and supporting standards across reporting categories on the redesigned tests. RLA blueprints also include test design information, including the number of passages, the reading load, and the genres eligible for assessment.
Grades 3–8 Assessments
|Grade||Assessed Curriculum||Preliminary Blueprints|
|Grade 3||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 4||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 5||RLA||RLA | Mathematics | Science|
|Grade 6||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 7||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 8||RLA||RLA | Mathematics | Science | Social Studies|
Grades 3–5 Spanish Assessments
|Grade||Assessed Curriculum||Preliminary Blueprints|
|Grade 3 Spanish||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 4 Spanish||RLA||RLA | Mathematics|
|Grade 5 Spanish||RLA||RLA | Mathematics | Science|
|Subject||Assessed Curriculum||Preliminary Blueprints|
|English||English I | English 2||English I | English II|
|Social Studies||n/a||U.S. History|
STAAR Alternate 2
|English||English I | English II|
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