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Texas students begin STAAR testing

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Texas students are taking their year-end achievement exams, and for the first time, they are taking STAAR, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test.

Tuesday, fourth graders took the writing test, fifth and eighth graders took the math test, and seventh graders took the writing exam.

Monday, ninth graders in English I and III took the writing test.

STAAR replaces TAKS, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, which wasn't popular among some students and parents.

"If we used the test to determine which kids need more help, if we looked at certain populations over here and gave them more resources because they're not doing well," parent Laura Creedle said.

STAAR costs $90 million a year to administer, which comes to around $3 to $7 per test, slightly more than TAKS.

For any students who missed this week, Friday is the makeup day for the test.

To learn more about the STAAR test, including passing requirements, click here.

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