State testing modifications planned this year Posted in: News Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced last month that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year. The governor’s office said in a press release that school districts ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!