On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) updated its State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Mathematics Resources website
with the new STAAR math blueprints to comply with HB 743
. House Bill 743 requires STAAR assessments be designed so that 85% of students can complete the grades 3-5 in two hours and 85% of students can complete the grades 6-8 assessments in three hours. The redesigned grades 3-8 assessments will be administered beginning in spring 2017.
The 2016 blueprints have 14 fewer items for each level of mathematics for grades 3-8 when compared with the 2014 blueprints and yet retained the 60-65% makeup of readiness standards and 35-40% makeup of supporting standards. This means that the new STAAR exam will have about 8-9 fewer items that cover readiness standards and 5-6 fewer items that cover supporting standards. The number of griddable items remained the same for each tested grade level. The blueprints do not account for any of the six additional field test items that will appear on the actual exam students take in spring 2017. The Algebra I STAAR End of Course (EOC) exam will keep the same format, as HB 743 pertains only to tests in grades 3-8.