The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, is the state testing program that was implemented in the 2011–2012 school year. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and Texas educators,developed the STAAR program in response to requirements set forth by the 80th and 81st Texas legislatures. STAAR is an assessment program designed to measure the extent to which students have learned and are able to apply the knowledge and skills defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Every STAAR question is directly aligned to the TEKS currently implemented for the grade/subject or course being assessed.

The STAAR program includes:
-STAAR Spanish,
-STAAR L (a linguistically accommodated version),
-STAAR A (an accommodated version) and
-STAAR Alternate 2 (designed to assess students who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services).

Texas Assessment Program for Spring 2016

 Enrolled Grade Assessment Program Subjects Assessed
 Grade 3 STAAR Math and Reading
 Grade 4 STAAR Math, Reading and Writing
 Grade 5 STAAR Math, Reading and Science
 Grade 6 STAAR Math and Reading
 Grade 7  STAAR Math, Reading and Writing
 Grade 8 STAAR Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies
 Grades 9-12 STAAR End of Course Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US History