July 20, 2011
The Texas Education Agency, which lost more than 100 people from its staff in the budget cuts, must launch the replacement for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, the program of exams used to judge achievement of students, teachers, individual schools and districts. The new program, called STAAR for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, will start with third- through ninth-graders this fall. Students entering grades 10 and 11 will continue to take the TAKS and students entering grade 12 who need to will be able to take the TAKS retests.
The Texas Tech University System, of which Angelo State is a member institution, named Tim Hudson as a vice chancellor with a primary focus on distance education and academic affairs. He will begin his duties on Aug. 1.