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TEA to Shorten Grades 3-8 STAAR Assessments

10.16.2015 — TEA has notified school districts and charters that the agency will reduce the length of the STAAR in grades 3-8 for the 2016 spring administrations. To meet the legislative requirements of HB 743, TEA will take the following actions in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years:
  • For 2016 only, TEA will remove all currently embedded field-test questions for STAAR grades 3-8, reducing the length of each assessment by five to eight questions.
  • TEA has also redesigned the 2016 STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing tests so they will be completed in one four-hour administration.

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