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Data Integrity Issues Plague STAAR Testing
Education commissioner cancels June retest dates
"...with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readi­ness (STAAR) tests provided by ETS have reached such dire levels..."

June 17, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

STAAR Falls on Texas Schools
Academic assessment tests raises questions of fairness
"...first State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, aka STAAR tests. The big question that now plagues Texas educators..."

June 22, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Opinion: Why I’m Not Sweating the STAAR Test Anymore
A Texas student explains why standardized testing seems like a big waste of time and money
"...the most? In Texas, this test is called the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), which is..."

Dec. 3, 2021 Column by Aina Marzia

Amid COVID Chaos, STAAR Scores Take Dive
Number of students taking standardized tests also drops
"...on standardized State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests took a big hit this year throughout the..."

July 2, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Abbott's STAAR Idea
Gubernatorial hopefuls battle it out over education plans
"...opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, accused Abbott of supporting "baby STAAR" tests for 4-year-olds. It's all part of Davis' continuing..."

April 18, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Not the Brightest STAAR
Under pressure from lawmakers, education commissioner defers 15% grading system
"...Scott announced, "I am modifying the Texas Education Agency's [STAAR] Transition Plan." As a result, the TEA will allow..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

No Quick Answers on STAAR Glitch
District and state officials remain in the dark on STAAR malfunction
"...When Education Testing Service took over administering Texas STAAR tests, it was supposed to be an end to..."

April 15, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TEA Delays 'End of Course' Requirement Another Year
15% rule punted for another year
"...The beleaguered and widely criticized STAAR testing system takes another hit today as Commissioner of..."

Nov. 30, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

24-Texas Teachers Talk of “Trauma” at TribFest
Educators discuss the challenges of reopening schools, TEA head defends decision to administer STAAR tests
"...TEA has waived the state's standardized STAAR tests as a graduation requirement for students, knowing the..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

What Follows Five Years of Failure at Mendez Middle School?
Making the grade
"...on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams that are a major component in establishing campus..."

Aug. 31, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

A Declaration of Independence
Zavala Elementary and Principal Sean Fox are succeeding at going their own way
"...Between 2012 and 2013, the percentage of students passing STAAR statewide in all subjects at Level II or above..."

May 9, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Changing Course
AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college
" State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests. In another new slice of college-centric terminology, they..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Amid COVID-19 Spread, AISD Benchmarks Its Future
District changes dozens of its performance measures
"...withdrew an amendment about assessing special ed students with non-STAAR tests. However, Elizalde was concerned with the potential of..."

Nov. 20, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Bill of the Week: Down With Tests, Up With Standards?
Bipartisan starting point for school graduation reform
"...accountability system." It starts by completely overhauling the dreaded STAAR tests, and, most pressingly for families, taking the emphasis..."

Jan. 26, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Smartest Kids in the Room
Hint: It may not be the AISD board of trustees
"...academic schedule to spend a couple of days on STAAR testing. At Kealing we only take a week at..."

April 29, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Austin ISD Gets Its State Report Card
The district gets a B for performance
"...state uses to assess campus performance is results on STAAR exams – what Goodnow referred to as "a snapshot..."

Aug. 23, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Texas Senate Education Committee Advances Its Own School Finance Plan
SB 4 would essentially gut the House version of the bill
"...teachers and administrators to focus on preparing students for STAAR exams, a practice that could de-emphasize subject matter not..."

May 1, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Signs of Trouble and of Hope at Mendez Middle School
In-district charter seeks to turn around a campus’ longtime struggles
"...dependent on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam results...."

March 1, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Students With Learning Disabilities Should not be Punished
" count as 15% of final grades for students ["STAAR Falls on Texas Schools," News, June 22]. The “15%..."

June 27, 2012 Postmarks

Making the Math Work on Real School Finance Reform
"Texas Plan" brings new money to Austin and other districts, but nothing's final yet
" important. For many, basing those metrics solely on STAAR results represents a line in the sand, especially as..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AISD Is Hiring an Equity Officer
The new position will promote educational equity and inclusiveness for the district's 80,000-plus students
" do. The exams used questions from last year's STAAR exams, and while district officials stress that the results..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Top 10 Education Stories
School finance lawsuits, AISD board shakeup, and more
"...6) Fading STAAR Will STAAR blink out? If the old TAKS tests..."

Jan. 4, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Scott Quitting Texas Education Agency
Controversial schools commissioner to leave July 2
"...and he oversaw the disastrously inept introduction of the STAAR test. Now his last minute road-to-Damascus-style conversion to the..."

May 1, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Education: 'It's Time To Be Innovative'
Something everyone can agree on: digital classrooms
"...implementation has been a catastrophe (see "Not the Brightest STAAR," Feb. 24) and Pearson's massive payday at a time..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Opinion: Want to Correct “Learning Loss” in Texas Schools? Listen to Texas Students.
To improve students' experience in school and their capacity to learn, student voices need to be amplified
"...the "largest problem facing the state of Texas." 2020-21 STAAR scores indicate students have fallen behind in both mathematics..."

Jan. 21, 2022 Column by Haley DeVos-Roy

No Stars for STAARS
"...Dear Editor, Do I even need to say that STAAR EOC Re-Testing during a pandemic isn’t safe and is..."

Dec. 8, 2020 Postmarks

Public Notice: Failing Grades for Texas
School districts beset by pandemic, State rules
"...5th and 8th graders must pass the high-stakes standardized STAAR test in order to move ahead isn't nearly enough...."

July 31, 2020 News Column

Local Students Face an Open-Ended Spring Break
School's out for ...
"...Agency also announced earlier this week that the state's STAAR standardized testing would be canceled for the 2019-20 school..."

March 20, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center
“Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"
"...for the event – comparing Murchison and Burnet standardized (STAAR) test scores, the number of English language learners (ELLs)..."

Sept. 13, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

"...Stop the STAAR? While Austin-area students wrapped up 2019's first day of..."

April 12, 2019 News Feature

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