In the state of Texas, the STAAR® test program has been initiated. The acronym stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Whether given at the end of grades (elementary grades 3–5 and middle school grades 6–8) or at the conclusion of a certain course in high school, these tests must be administered to Texas public school students.
At the end of grades 3 through 5, students are assessed in reading and mathematics, with an additional test in writing at the end of grade 4 and science at the end of grade 5. Grades 6 through 8 follow largely the same testing pattern, with reading and math tests every year, adding writing in grade 7, and science and social studies in grade 8. At these grade levels, test results are often used to assess readiness for instruction at the next grade level and can factor into promotion decisions. Reading and math tests must be passed for promotion from grades 5 and 8 in Texas.
At the high school level, students must pass certain end-of-course tests to graduate. The required tests are given after the student has taken English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History. Texas is currently planning optional tests for the conclusion of English III and Algebra II.
The content covered in all of the tests has been approved by the state and is available to the public, along with other preparation resources, at the Texas Education Agency website.