School districts across Texas began phasing out the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) this year in favor of a new series of tests that place a greater emphasis on college readiness standards.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STARR, were designed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and cover the same subjects as the TAKS for the third through eighth grades, as well as 12 new End-of-Course assessments at the high school level. Unlike the TAKS, STAAR will implement a four-hour time limit on each assessment.
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