Monday will be the first time students take the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness which by all accounts are tougher and harder to fake your way through than the old achievement tests. A requirement that fifth- and eighth-grade students pass the exams to be promoted to the next grade is being waived this year.
Those students, as well as fourth- and seventh-graders, will take the STAAR later this week.
High-schoolers will have to pass the tests — in subjects including English, algebra and U.S. history — to graduate, but the STAAR is being phased in.
Only ninth-graders in English I classes will tackle the new writing test today.
Information from Austin American-Statesman