Educating Parents About the STAAR

The Challenge

How might we build a site that is easier for families to find what they need?

The Texas Education Agency’s texasassessment.gov is an educational website to inform Texas parents, teachers, and administrators about the state’s STAAR test and how student scores are interpreted.

They needed an online place for families, administrators and educators to find and access information about the annual assessment exams. The existing website for the TEA was extremely complex and it was difficult for these groups to find what they needed.

The Solution

Communication and version management were key in this project because of the complexity of the content and the high-profile nature of the site.

We joined this project as a sub vendor for an Austin marketing firm that specializes in branding and technology projects for the State of Texas and higher education.

The agency designed each page of the site, and then Standard Beagle coded and implemented the design using Jekyll markdown language, CSS, and JavaScript.


The site underwent strict quality assurance testing on three fronts – Standard Beagle, the design agency, and the prime vendor. Additionally, we had to ensure that the site met state guidelines for accessibility and functionality, which included meeting WCAG 2.0 guidelines and (initially) IE 9 backward compatibility.


Since the initial redesign launched, users have been able to find answers to their questions about how to interpret their scores and how to improve them.

Over the next several years, we have been part of continuous improvements to the site, which included the additional of a Spanish language version, a book finder tool, interactive scorecard walkthrough, and information about the math section of the state mandated tests.

Our Solutions

We take a holistic approach to solving your problems by using the design thinking methodology to help you identify with your user to find the right solution.

We use design thinking methodology to understand, ideate, and then design an experience that best suits the customers' needs and motivations.

By setting a UX strategy, organizations can increase the accessibility and inclusion of their products and services without stretching their teams too thin.

Our experienced team is well-versed in building features and enhancements on a continuous basis. We meet with you weekly to sync up on status and provide guidance.

How can UX improve your organization's value with customers? Schedule a short conversation to find out how Standard Beagle's TRU/X process would work for you.