The Importance of 2022 STAAR and its Future Redesign

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March 23, 2022

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Spring 2022 STAAR Now More Important Than Ever

Summative tests will show learning gains and losses for Texas.

The 2022 spring and summer administrations of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) will look no different than previous summative tests, but significant changes are coming in 2023. This year’s summative tests will reveal new information about how Texas students are progressing against COVID learning loss.

Parents need to see clear information about their student’s progress compared to previous years. Teachers need information on how students are doing relative to a consistent set of state standards. And administrators need the information from these assessments to allocate resources to support specific students, classrooms, and schools that have the greatest needs.

The spring administration window for STAAR Alternate 2 begins March 28 and the STAAR End-of-course (EOC) administration window opens April 5.

Refer to the Testing Calendar for specific dates of all state assessments.


View 2022 STAAR Testing Calendar



A Redesigned Summative Test Takes Shape

New question types tested for effectiveness in February 2022 Stand-Alone Field Test.

Beginning with the spring 2023 STAAR administrations, non-multiple-choice questions will be included to reflect normal classroom instruction. Following a comprehensive study of how Texas educators test the understanding of students beyond the use of multiple-choice questions, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) conducted an extensive field test of new question types.

The field test will help determine what kinds of questions will be most effective at engaging students in fresh ways for them to demonstrate their knowledge on the state-required summative test beginning in the 2022–23 school year. Today, students can practice using the new question types in the online testing platform.

The new question types were developed with input from teachers, students, and a wide range of educational stakeholders and assessment experts. Teachers and parents can see preliminary blueprints that show how each test will be organized with the addition of new question types.



Advancing to STAAR Online Testing

Resources available to help districts advance their online testing capabilities.

House Bill (HB) 3261, enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature in 2021, requires state summative assessments to be administered fully online by the 2022–23 school year. This transition will require nearly all students to be assessed online, with the exceptions of students who cannot access the online platform.

School districts can test students online with STAAR Interim assessments, and students can take practice tests online to become familiar with the accessibility and accommodation features. However, some districts still need to make advances to be ready. TEA has developed resources to assist districts and has made available the TEA Online Infrastructure Matching Grant to help cover costs of the transition.



Researching a Possible Replacement for STAAR

TEA pilots a through-year progress monitoring system.

House Bill 3906, enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019, requires TEA to develop and pilot an innovative, through-year assessment model as a possible replacement for the summative STAAR. A through-year assessment model refers to a progress-monitoring system that provides students multiple opportunities throughout the school year to demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum standards and to contribute to their summative performance level reported at the end of the year.

In response to this legislation, TEA has developed the Texas Through-year Assessment Pilot (TTAP) in collaboration with Texas educators, administrators, students, and families. TTAP will launch in the 2022–23 school year and include three, short testing opportunities—one each in the fall, winter, and spring. During the first year of the pilot, volunteer public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will test students in grade 5 science, grades 6 and 7 math, and grade 8 social studies.

School districts and charter schools must apply before April 29 to participate in TTAP. Participation in the pilot is not an exemption from participating in the required STAAR tests. TEA has created a TTAP Webpage to provide more information about the pilot.


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Put me to the Test

Can you answer this real STAAR question?


Question #11—2021 STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies

Which statement explains one of the motivations behind Manifest Destiny? 

A. “These are the times that try men’s souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country…”

B. “I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free…."”

C. “And that claim is by the right . . . to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us…”

D. “That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.”


Read to the end of this newsletter to find the answer.


Did you know that every question on STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, and TELPAS tests are reviewed by Texas educators? Teacher participation in the design and development of state assessments is critical. Lend your expertise and register as a volunteer to help make the Texas Assessment Program a national leader.



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If I Only Knew

Hot topics straight from the Assessment Help Desk.

Q: Will new item types be embedded in the spring 2022 STAAR assessments?

A: No. New item types will not be included in the spring 2022 STAAR assessments. TEA conducted an extensive stand-alone field test in February 2022 to gather data on the new item types. The embedded field-test items on the spring 2022 STAAR assessments will be multiple-choice questions.


Q: Does the transition to online testing mean the elimination of scratch paper for students who need it?

A: No. Students testing online are currently allowed to use scratch paper as an accessibility feature, and this policy will continue in the future. In addition, the online testing platform has a robust set of accessibility and accommodation features, including a notepad function that can serve as scratch paper for students.


Looking for clarity about other assessment topics?

Submit your question to the TEA Student Assessment Help Desk.



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Answer to Question #11


C. “And that claim is by the right … to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us….”

Rationale: Manifest Destiny is the idea that the United States had a God-given right to expand from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. This quote from John L. O’Sullivan was referring to the dispute with Great Britain over the Oregon Territory. O’Sullivan’s words captured the opinion of many Americans about the country’s right to expand. For this item the student applies critical-thinking skills to find the main idea.


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  Mark Your Calendar

March 28–April 29

Administration window for STAAR Alternate 2

April 5

Administration of STAAR English I

April 7

Administration of STAAR English II