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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

When schools prepare for STAAR testing, educators turn to Merriam-Webster, America’s most-trusted language publisher.

Learn more about reference titles that can aid students during test taking and year round. Each title meets Texas state educational standards.

“Reading will always be the foundation that determines success in the classroom for every child at every grade level.”​
— Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath​

About STAAR’s Dictionary Policy

STAAR testing requirements state that a dictionary must be available to all students taking the following tests:

  • STAAR reading assessments at grades 3–8 
  • STAAR writing assessments at grades 4 and 7
  • STAAR Spanish reading at grades 3-5
  • STAAR Spanish writing at grade 4
  • STAAR English I, English II, and English II

Minimum requirement: 1 dictionary for every 5 students.

State recommendation: 1 dictionary for every 3 students.

Optimally: 1 dictionary for each student.

STAAR allows the following: standard dictionaries in English, dictionary/thesaurus combinations, bilingual dictionaries including word-to-word translations, ESL dictionaries, sign language dictionaries, and picture dictionaries.

Educators can choose the age appropriate dictionary for their classroom.

For more than 180 years, in print and online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information.

Not all dictionaries are alike. Other publishers may use the name Webster, but the name Merriam-Webster is your assurance of authority and quality from a company that’s been publishing reference books since 1831. All Merriam-Webster products are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors in America, and one of the largest in the world, so you can depend on the consistent quality of our products.

All Merriam-Webster references are designed to help students and educators meet the curriculum and assessment guidelines that have been established by national organizations of educators and state educational agencies throughout the country.