In 2011-2012, Texas student assessments change 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 (except for 5th and 8th grade science) 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. Additionally, Algebra II and English III will contain test items that are coded as College and Career Readiness items.
The 2011-2012 school year is considered a transition year. The Texas Education Agency is formulating a new accountability system to be in place for 2012-2013. Schools and districts will keep the 2010-2011 rating issued from the Texas Education Agency for 2 years during this transition phase.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed by the President on January 8, 2002. This act states that all public school districts, campuses, and the state are evaluated annually for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This accountability system includes grades 3-8 and 10 testing in Reading/English Language Arts and Mathematics.