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What is the STAAR redesign?

The state summative assessment redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), working with a wide range of education stakeholders, including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–23 school year. This redesign includes several components:  

  • New types of test questions: New, non-multiple-choice question types are more like the kind of questions teachers ask in class and give students more ways to show understanding.  
  • More cross-curricular reading passages: Reading comprehension test questions reference topics students have learned about in other classes. State Summative Assessment Redesign FAQ Page 2 of 7  
  • Evidence-based writing incorporated into reading language arts tests: Combined reading and writing tests better support the interconnected way these subjects are taught and eliminate stand-alone writing tests for grades 4 and 7.  
  • Robust accommodations in online tests: The online testing platform provides a full suite of robust accommodations for students with specific learning needs.  
  • Tests administered online: Online testing supports all the changes above and provides faster test results to support accelerated learning. 

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