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Entry from October 15, 2013
Stupid Test Acknowledged As Ridiculous ("STAAR” backronym)

STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) is a standardized test that, in 2012, began to replace TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, frequently nicknamed “Torture All Kids Severely”). STAAR doesn’t have an established nickname, but many nicknames begin with “stupid test.”

“Stupid Test Adults Are Recommending” was cited in print in March 2012, “Stupid Test About Academic Readiness” in March 2013, and “Stupid Test And Another Review” and “Stupid Test Acknowledged As Ridiculous” in April 2013.

Wikipedia: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly referred to as its acronym STAAR (pronounced stär), are a series of state-mandated standardized tests used in Texas public primary and secondary schools to assess a student’s achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level. It tests curriculum taught from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which in turn is taught by public schools. The test is developed by Pearson Education every school year, along with the close supervision of the Texas Education Agency.

The test was announced because the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (commonly referred to its acronym TAKS) assessment was repealed by Texas Senate Bill 1031 in spring 2007. The bill called for secondary schools (for grades 9-11) to take end of course assessments every time a student was at the end of taking a course, instead of taking general “core subject” tests. STAAR mostly replaced the TAKS in the spring of 2012, but students who entered 10th grade before the 2011-2012 school year continue to take the TAKS. This process is part of the TAKS to STAAR transition plan. By 2015 the last students will be taking the TAKS test, and the first students will graduate with completed STAAR end of course assessments. However, many policies from the TAKS are still retained onto the STAAR’s policies.

Texas Education Agency
STAAR® Resources
STAAR logoIn spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program includes annual assessments for grades 3–8 in reading and mathematics; assessments in writing at grades 4 and 7; in science at grades 5 and 8; and in social studies at grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.  Additionally, STAAR EOC assessments for English III and Algebra II will be administered on a voluntary basis beginning in spring 2016.

Brett Crivellari
“TAKS= touchering all kids silently
STAAR= stupid test adults are recommending”
7:56 PM - 27 Mar 12

Ian Middleton
“STAAR Test” - Stupid Test About Academic Readiness, This Especially Sucks Terribly. #STAAR #Test #Staartest
7:42 PM - 31 Mar 13

Issac Gregory Romero · 336 followers
April 2 at 9:29pm ·
Stupid Test And Another Review

Alex Jackson
STAAR: Stupid Test Acknowledged As Ridiculous
5:00 AM - 3 Apr 13

Retakes #icameuowiththat
5:08 AM - 10 May 13

Word Mark STAAR
Goods and Services IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Printed instructional, educational, and teaching materials for the assessment, namely, benchmark testing, of the educational development in children. FIRST USE: 20100126. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20120326
Standard Characters Claimed
Serial Number 85064215
Filing Date June 16, 2010
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition August 23, 2011
Registration Number 4206491
Registration Date September 11, 2012
Owner (REGISTRANT) Texas Education Agency STATE AGENCY TEXAS 1701 North Congress Avenue Austin TEXAS 787011494
Attorney of Record Dwayne K. Goetzel
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 • Permalink