Texas elementary, middle and high school students will begin a week of standardized testing today.

The newly revised STAAR test will be administered to 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th grade and high school students.

The Texas Education Agency spent nearly $20 million revising the test after the disasters of the 2016 tests.

The tests given last March were plagued by glitches and more than 14,000 students had their answers erased or were given the wrong version of the test.

TEA officials say there have place more safeguard for this year’s testing including new delivery and tracking systems.

Fifth-grade students will need to pass the test to advance to middle school and 8th-grade students must pass to move on to high school.  And High schoolers must pass their end-of-course exams to graduate.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators has the following tips for parents to help kids do their best on the tests:

  • Put their doubts at ease
  • Get kids in bed at an early time
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Exercise and play time after school
  • Celebrate and acknowledge their hard work

Tell us what you think.  Do you believe in standardized testing or not?  Feel free to comment in the story. 

Sources:  TEA, ATPF