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Former TAKS/TAAS/TEAMS Examinees Taking STAAR

Based on recent legislative actions, the Texas Assessments of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests are no longer being administered. Former TAKS examinees (including former Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills [TAAS] and Texas Educational Assessment of Minimal Skills [TEAMS] examinees) can take the appropriate State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test. STAAR may be used as an alternate assessment to meet graduation testing requirements for former TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS examinees.  TEA has released the following STAAR testing policies, procedures, and guidelines that will apply to former TAKS examinees, including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees, who will take a STAAR EOC assessment.

All examinees may test online or on paper.

  • Mathematics:
    • Former TAKS, TAAS, or TEAMS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the mathematics test may take the STAAR Algebra I test.
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 4 hours to complete the test.
    • Each examinee must have a graphing calculator during the test administration.
  • Science:
    • Former TAKS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the science test may take the STAAR biology test.
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 4 hours to complete the test.
    • Each examinee must have access to a calculator during the test administration.
  • Social Studies:
    • Former TAKS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the social studies test may take the STAAR U.S. History test.
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 4 hours to complete the test.
  • English language arts (ELA):
    • Former TAKS, TAAS, or TEAMS examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the ELA reading and/or writing tests may take the STAAR English II test.
      • The STAAR English II test (both paper and online) contains sub-headings for each section, Reading and Writing.
    • Each examinee must have a dictionary during the test administration.
    • In addition, an examinee may have a thesaurus.
  • Reading and Writing:
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for both reading and writing will take both sections of the English II assessment.
    • Examinees who need both sections of the test will take all 52 questions and complete the written composition.
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 5 hours to complete the test and the entire test must be completed on same day.
  • Reading Only:
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the reading test only will take the Reading section only.
      • This is the second section of the test and consists of questions 19–52.
      • Examinees should NOT complete the Writing section (1st section), including the written composition.
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 2½ hours to complete the Reading section only of the English II assessment.
  • Writing Only:
    • Examinees who have not met the graduation requirement for the writing test only will take the Writing section only.
      • This is the first section of the test and consists of questions 1–18, as well as the written composition.
      • Examinees should NOT complete the Reading section (2nd section).
    • Each examinee has a maximum of 2½ hours to complete the Writing section only of the English II assessment.

Additional information regarding graduation testing requirements for former TAKS examinees may be found at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/taks/. For questions or assistance, contact the Student Assessment Division.