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WFISD 9th Graders Begin STAAR Test

<P>Monday morning, WFISD 9th graders started taking the new standardized test that will replace the TAKS test.</P>

Today was a big day for ninth graders in the Wichita Falls Independent School District.

They started taking the new standardized test in Texas public schools.

The new test is STAAR, which stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

This test will replace the TAKS test and this morning, about 1,000 9th graders were the first to began taking the writing portion of the test.

But school officials say there was another first.

"This is the first time we've implemented the four hour restriction on taking the test. On the TAKS test, previously, they've had pretty much as long as they wanted, but on the EOC it's a four hour time limit," says WFISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Powers.

WFISD is holding a final STAAR informational meeting so parents can get questions answered and learn what the testing system means for their their children.

It's Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Barwise Junior High Auditorium at 3807 Kemp Blvd.

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