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Explore and interact with sample new item types developed for use on future STAAR exams.

House Bill 3906 (86th Texas Legislature, 2019) requires that no more than 75% of any State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test be presented in a multiple-choice format. This requirement is expected to take effect on all STAAR tests beginning with the Spring 2023 administration.

To meet this requirement, TEA has identified potential new item types for use on STAAR exams and is seeking feedback on these potential new item types. Feedback could include suggestions on how to make the directions for an item type clearer, at which grade levels each item type would be appropriate, any concerns or difficulty you had when interacting with an item type, or other comments you may have. Please submit any feedback you may have using this survey link.

Below you will find links to examples of different item types that are currently under consideration for inclusion in future STAAR exams and descriptions of the new item types.





New Item Type

Applicable Subject Areas

multiselect

Multiselect items require students to select more than one correct answer to a question.

mathematics
reading language arts
science
social studies

multipart

Multipart items are made up of two parts (A and B). The answer to part B is dependent on part A.

reading language arts
science
social studies

drag-and-drop

Drag-and-drop items require students to evaluate a given number of options, such as words, numbers, symbols, etc., and drag their response(s) to an area the student determines it belongs.

mathematics
science
social studies

hot spot

Hot spot items ask students to select one or more specific areas of a graphic as their response.

mathematics
science
social studies

graphing

Graphing items allow students to independently graph their responses. These include bar graphs, point graphs, function graphs, and solution sets.

mathematics

equation editor

Equation editor items allow students to independently enter equations or inequalities.

mathematics

hot text

Hot text items allow students to demonstrate understanding by citing evidence by selecting highlighted text in a sentence, paragraph, or extended reading.

reading language arts
social studies

inline choice

Inline choice items allow students to select the correct answers from a drop-down menu.

mathematics
reading language arts
social studies

text entry

Text entry items allow a student to enter a brief string of text such as a number, a word, or a phrase.

mathematics
reading language arts
science

short constructed response

Short constructed response items allow a student to give a brief explanation in their own words to demonstrate their understanding of content.

reading language arts
science
social studies

match table grid

Match table grid items ask students to match information presented in a table to the correct response.

mathematics
reading language arts
social studies