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Assessment/Accountability

over 2 years ago

Welcome to West Oso ISD’s Assessment & Accountability homepage which provides valuable information about the Texas Assessment Program and accountability.

In 2011-2012, Texas student assessments changed from TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) to STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). The name change reflects a shift in focus from current achievement to assessment of academic readiness for future success. This shift brings a tighter alignment between the taught and tested curriculum by testing current grade level TEKS and by matching the rigor of the test item with the rigor of the TEKS. The change from TAKS to STAAR is particularly significant for high school courses as it represents a shift from testing TEKS from multiple courses to testing TEKS only from the course students are enrolled in. STAAR is a mandated testing program put in place by the Texas Education Agency and administered throughout the state.  

STAAR for grades 3 through 8 will continue to assess the same subjects that were assessed by Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Students first enrolled in grade 9 or below in the 2011–12 school year are required to take the STAAR end-of-course assessments for courses in which they are enrolled as part of their graduation requirements. Those students no longer take TAKS. 

The STAAR EOC assessments test high school students for college readiness and produce performance labels that indicate a student’s mastery of the course’s standards. The end-of-course tests assess the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for a given course. In addition to passing courses, a score of satisfactory or above is required to graduate.