STAAR Test Stepping Things Up

Devia Cearlock, AISD Curriculum Specialist
Devia Cearlock, AISD Curriculum Specialist

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - A new standardized test for Texas students is replacing the current one and some say it will be much more difficult.

The STAAR Test, which stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness is replacing the current TAKS test in the 2011 school year.

The test is designed to measure the performance and academic growth of students. It will test grades 3 through 8 this year and then phase into high school the following year.

Educators say the purpose of the test is to make sure students are college ready, something they feel the TAKS test didn't do. AISD Curriculum Specialist, Devia Cearlock says, "There are some structural changes that are different. Some of the language arts testing, especially the writing, is going to be a two day testing instead of a one day testing. Probably most importantly is the level of rigor is going to be higher, a step higher than what we've had with the TAKS testing."

Cearlock says the questions on the test will be more complex and student performance required to pass the test will be higher. Although the ratings system for passing the test won't go into affect until the second year.

Cearlock says a major goal for educators is to make Texas a top ten state for college and career readiness within the next decade.